Is your elder sibling smarter? Blame parents

A study in Scotland says firstborn children are often smarter than their siblings.

February 13 (ANI): If you are an elder sibling, you may already assume that first-born children are smarter than younger siblings.

It found firstborns may have better thinking skills and higher IQs because their parents gave them more mental stimulation in their early years. Scientists believe that first-born kids are smarter than their younger siblings.

On February 9, experts from the University of Edinburgh noted that researchers discovered that parents tend to change their attitude as newborns are welcomed into the family. And the eldest child also tend to agree that they are better than their younger counterpart when it comes to cognitive skills like learning abstract ideas and having fuller vocabulary. As the family gets bigger and bigger, parents change their behavior towards their children. They will no longer be so eager to do crafts and puzzle with them.

First-borns score higher than their siblings in IQ tests as early as age one, researchers from University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom have found. This indicates that children who are born first in families were later successful people, reporting higher education levels and better wages. The researchers based their observation from the data gathered by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for the U.S. Children of the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth.

These children were evaluated every two years in the duration of the study starting from pre-birth up to 14 years of age.

Specialists had also considered various factors like the background and economic condition of the family.

Although all children in the study received the same levels of emotional support, firstborn children had more help with tasks that developed thinking skills. The tests included reading recognition, such as matching letters, naming names and reading single words aloud and picture vocabulary assessments.

The research found that firstborn children typically perform better than their siblings as early as age 1, which could be due to how parents treat subsequent children.

  • Leroy Wright