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Research done in the US shows that second-born children are more likely to misbehave than their older siblings. They might even take actions that have to severe consequences.
Birth order plays a huge role in a child’s personality. Eldest children tend to be leaders and take a huge responsibility, while the youngest tend to be more laid-back and spoiled.
Now, it’s not just a theory. Research done by economist Professor Joseph Doyle from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) suggests the “curse of the second-born child” is very true.
According to Professor Doyle, “The actions of children can be attributed to the parenting styles that accompany birth order.”
“First-born children often get undivided attention from their parents, while their younger siblings have to share. The family dynamic can also change as the family grows.”
He believes that first-borns are more responsible because they have better role models, in general—i.e. adults. However, second-borns have a slightly irrational older sibling as role models. A second-born is more likely to get into trouble at school or with the law than their older siblings.
“Both the parental investments are different, and the sibling influences probably contribute to these differences we see in the labor market and what we find in delinquency. It’s just very difficult to separate those two things because they happen at the same time.”
Rest assured second-borns, this research doesn’t say that you are all destined to live a life of crime and mischief. It simply proves that birth order plays a bigger role than what most people think.
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