Second-Born Kids Are More Likely To Be Criminals

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There's always a stereotype that younger siblings are more rambunctious, get away with more things, and are all-around more energetic than first born kids.

Now this may be more than a stereotype after a new study conducted by researchers from MIT, University of Florida, and Northwestern University.

The researchers followed thousands of sets of brothers in Denmark and Florida. They wanted a large sample size from two drastically different cultures. In both locations, it was discovered that the second-born brother was more likely to have discipline issues in school.

“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.

So why is it that second-born kids have more criminal tendencies than the first-born? Continue reading to find out!

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