A recent study found out that are more likely to get in to trouble at schools or are faced with issues related to law later in their life. Such finding is sure to bring pleasure to older siblings.
Researcher at MIT, Northwestern and University of Florida (and a few others) followed many sets of brothers in Florida state and Denmark-fundamentally two different cultures.
It was found that 2nd-born boys in these two locations were more likely to go against authority than their older peers.
“Despite large differences in environments across the two areas, we find remarkably consistent results: In families with two or more children, second-born boys are on the order of 20 to 40 percent more likely to be disciplined in school and enter the criminal justice system compared to first-born boys even when we compare siblings,” the authors wrote in a paper about the study.
Birth Order & Crime – Connection
So how does the birth order affect the likelihood of criminality?
It was theorized that this risk of delinquency could be the case because the second born usually do not get that one on one focus and devotion as opposed to their older siblings. As a result, the way they act is probably to get their folks to focus on them even more.
The authors also stated that, usually parents, in their first born, take time off work more as compared to their second born. The 2 second born are not only competing for focus with their elder siblings, but also with careers and responsibility.
Furthermore, it is also pointed out that the mere fact that second born act out more is because they look up to their older siblings. On the contrary, the first born usually look up to their parents as role models.
It can be put around this way, that the older sibling spends more time with around adults, which influence them to behave and mature fast enough.
On the other hand, second born would most likely be looking at a school aged child as his/her role model. Or someone who is more egotistical or impulsive.
It is not surprising at all that a research proved that older siblings are way smarter than their younger siblings. The reason being that parents usually spend more time with their first born and given them their undivided attention.
Is enthusiasm lost after first child?
Many parents were found to have admitted that they were less enthusiastic in engaging with their younger children. Activities, such as, bedtime stories, crafts and playing instruments helps to increase intelligence, of which the second born are usually deprived of due to this lack of enthusiasm.
Apart from all the other stuff, some mothers even admitted that were not as strict to themselves during pregnancies for younger children. In other words, they may not have stayed away from drinking and smoking. These could possibly result in unhealthy outcomes for their babies.
Well, below is some good news, before anyone starts to panic.
National Public Radio’s Social Science Correspondent Shankar Vedantam guaranteed people that second child crime spree is not a substantial alarm. Even though studies can show a 25 to 40 percent increase in the possibility of poor behavior choices and consequences, the overall numbers remain small.
Only minority of kids, that is, one in 10 or 20, are getting in serious trouble. But Doyle [the study author] says that among these there appear to be a noticeable difference between first and second borns.
Well, what do you think? Is that so, that your first born influences your younger children in to making riskier decisions? And do you ever worry that the attention you gave to your first born can not be given to the second born? Well these are issues to ponder upon.