If you and your siblings have been trying to settle a squabble over who is the most troublesome then you might just have come to the right place.
If you’ve ever heard of second child syndrome then you’ll know that it centres around the second, or middle child, not having a clear role in the family, leaving them feeling left out.
And now, a new study has found that birth order does in fact effect how we behave, and makes the second child the most troublesome as a result.
Research carried out by MIT economist Joseph Doyle and his team has brought some interesting second child theories to light.
Apparently, children born second are more likely to enter juvenile delinquency, get suspended from school and they’re even more likely to go to prison than their older siblings.
The research came to light after social scientists looked at data taken from two very different locations; Denmark, and Florida.
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The study, which focused on boys, looked at thousands of different families with older and younger brothers involved.
In the conclusion, the study read: “Despite large environmental differences between the areas, we find remarkably consistent results.
“In families with two or more children, second born boys are 20% – 40% more likely to be disciplined in school and enter the criminal justice system than are their firstborn male siblings."
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Further to this, economist Joseph Doyle described the cause to be related to “parental investments” in their children.
Speaking to National Public Radio, he explained: “The firstborn has role models, who are adults. And the second, later-born children have role models who are slightly irrational 2-year-olds, you know, their older siblings.
"Both the parental investments are different, and the sibling influences probably contribute to these differences we see in labor market and what we find in delinquency."
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So, next time you’re hashing it out over whether you or your second born sibling is more troublesome you’ll have this study as a reference that second borns are in fact 20 to 40 per cent more likely to get in trouble.
And, on the topic of trouble causing, Jack and Mia have been revealed to be the naughtiest names for children in the UK.
According to research – and compiled by teachers, parents and children – kids with these names are most likely to misbehave, with the name getting 23 per cent of the vote, and teachers commenting that they expect a pupil with the name to pick on other pupils.
For girls called Mia, parents and teachers expect a child with this name to be mischievous while children believe girls called Emily to be the naughtiest.
The naughtiest boys names on the list included Jack, Harry, Charlie, Oliver and George.
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