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Second-Born Kids More Likely To End Up In Jail

Pretty much every second-born kid out there will tell you that the studies are true: They really DO have it harder.

First-borns get all of their parents' attention while the youngest gets away with murder. 

But the middle child? They get half the energy and none of the spoiling. It's the worst.

And now, just to add insult to injury, a study has found that not only does a second-born feel hard done by, but they're actually more likely to end up in jail.

Yes. Seriously.

The report from the brains working at MIT compiled data from thousands of sets of siblings and revealed that the second kid is 25 to 40 per cent more likely to get in trouble at school or with the law.

And, actually, it's because of that attention thing we were talking about earlier; the research suggests that it's the variance in each child's upbringing that contributes to their behaviour later in life.

First-born children normally get their mum and dad's undivided attention unlike the second, who has to share their time with their older sibling.

That rivalry can lead to a disruptive attitude and a need to act out - which is where running into trouble with the po-po comes in.

So the next time your older brother or sister is whinging about you having it easier, show them this study.

And try and stay out of trouble, yeah?

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