Second-born children more likely to be criminals


MIAMI – If you're the second-born child in a family, better keep your attorney's number handy.

A new study shows that second-born children are more likely to exhibit delinquent behavior than first-borns in the same family.

Using data from thousands of sets of brothers in both Florida and Denmark, the study found that second-born boys are up to 40-percent more likely to enter the criminal justice system.

MIT economist Joseph Doyle published the study with colleagues and told NPR that one factor for the increased odds of winding up a criminal is because second-born children always compete for attention.

Simple Most reports the study theorizes that second-born children do not receive as much one-on-one attention from parents, unlike their older siblings.

The University of Florida was also involved in the study.