Second-Born Children Are More Likely To Become Criminals, Study Says

Having a second kind means a little brother or sister for the firstborn, and for the parents, it means return in those baby days once again. But is there a difference between the first and second child?

One study came to the discovery that second-born kids are more likely to end up having issues at school or in law later in life. This discovery might bring pleasure to older siblings worldwide.

The scientists from the University of Florida, MIT and Northwestern, followed thousands of brothers in the state of Florida and Denmark. These are 2 different cultures.

The Results of the Study

The researchers came to the discovery that the second-born kids in both countries were more prone to run afoul of authority. This is in comparison to their older peers.

According to the authors, despite the significant differences in the environments, they found remarkably consistent results.

In fact, families that had 2 or more kids, the second-born boys were from 20 to 40 % more likely to get in trouble in school or be part of the criminal justice system. This is in comparison to the first-born boys.

Is There a Link Between the Crime and Birth Order?

You probably wonder why does the birth order impact the possibility of criminality?

The theory of the study authors is that the notably higher risk of delinquency occurs because usually, the second-born boys don’t get the doting and one-on-one focus as the first-born boys did.

Due to this, the second kids do this so their parents can focus on them. In addition, the study authors pointed out that parents usually take more time off their job when the first baby is born.

This is in comparison to the time they have the second kid. Second born children not only compete with the older brother for attention, but they also compete with other responsibilities and their careers.

Moreover, the study authors note that second-born children may act out more since they see their older brother as a role model. While on the other hand, the first-born kids have the parents as a role model.

To be more precise, the oldest kid spends more time around adults, and that is why first-born act more maturely.

The second-born is looking up to a school-age kid or a toddler as a role model. Therefore, it is entirely natural to be more egotistical and impulsive.

It is no surprise that another research came to the discovery that older kids are smarter in comparison to their younger brothers and sisters.

Why is that? Since parents spend more one-on-one time with their first child- giving them the undivided attention. Why is like that?

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Do Parents Lose Enthusiasm After Their First Kid?

In the intelligence study, many parents admitted that they had lost enthusiasm when it comes to engaging in activities with their second kids.

Activities such as playing instruments, bedtime stories, and crafts. This is the things which actually help increase intelligence.

But that is not all; some mothers even admitted that they weren’t as careful during subsequent pregnancies. That means that they might have been smoking and drinking while pregnant. This might contribute to unfavorable outcomes for their babies.

Good News

Parents should not panic since there is good news. The Social Science Correspondent of National Public Radio, Shankar Vendantam told listeners that the second kid crime sprees should not be a notable concern.

Although studies show from 20 to 40 % increase in the possibility of poor behavior consequences and choices, the overall numbers are still small. Only a minority of children, maybe one in twenty are more prone to crime.

However, the study authors say that among this minority there seem to be sizable differences between second-born and first-born brothers.

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