Second-born boys more likely to commit crime

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Holy crap! Does this mean that the "curse of the second-born child" is true? Doyle and his colleagues found that second-borns (usually boys) are more prone to have a rebellious side compared to their older siblings. The conclusion was that second-born children are 25 to 40% more likely to be criminals or get into trouble at school than their other siblings.

A family's second born male child is more likely to run afoul of the law, according to a recent study involving researchers at the MIT, Northwestern University, University of Florida, and the Aarhus University in Denmark.

A new study claims that second-born children are more likely to misbehave, sometimes with severe consequences.

One possible explanation for these findings is that parenting styles can change according to birth order, according to NPR. Then a second rugrat comes along, he gets half (in theory) the attention of his older sibling, catches the "look at me" syndrome and acts out. The family dynamic can also change as the family grows. "And the second, later-born children have role models who are slightly irrational 2-year-olds, you know, their older siblings", Doyle told NPR.

"The first-born has role models, who are adults".

Researchers say differences in parental attention may be a contributing factor in delinquency across birth order.

It's important to keep in mind that second-born boys aren't predestined to a life of disciplinary run-ins or delinquency, so don't go buying your second-born striped pajamas or orange jumpsuit onesies just yet.