Study finds second-born children are more likely to be criminals, get in trouble

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NEW YORK (NEWS10) – A study found that second-born children are more likely to get in trouble than their siblings.

According to the study Birth Order and Delinquency: Evidence from Denmark and Florida, families with two or more children, second-born boys are 20 to 40 percent more likely to be disciplined in school and enter the criminal justice system compared to first-born boys even when compared to other siblings.

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

“Second-born children tend to have less maternal attention than do their older siblings because first-born children experience their mother’s maternity leaves and temporarily reduced labor market participation both following their own births as well as following the birth of the second-born,” researchers said.

For the study, researchers examined families in both Florida and Denmark.

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