Second-born boys are more likely to be the black sheep of the family, a new scientific study shows.
New research found that the boys born second in the family are 20 to 40 percent more likely to be disciplined in school for bad behavior and to enter the criminal justice system than boys born first, Fox 8 noted. The study looked at siblings in Denmark and the United States, with researchers from MIT, Northwestern University, University of Florida, and Aarhus University in Denmark.
The study’s abstract stated that parents spent more time with the first-born children between the ages of 2 and 4, showing that parents are stretched for time to spend with second-born children. While this may seem like common knowledge to parents with more than one child, it presents a roadmap to identifying potential problems and treating them, researchers noted.