28 Jun '11, 5am

Middle children have a higher chance of becoming bullies, a UK study says

Middle children have a higher chance of becoming bullies, a UK study says

Middle children have a higher chance of becoming bullies, a UK study says. -- ST POSED PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI CHILDREN with both older and younger siblings have a higher chance of becoming bullies, according to research. The Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Essex and the University of Warwick conducted the study covering some 40,000 British households. It was traditionally assumed that the oldest child is likely to dominate or use violence against his or her siblings. However, it turned out that those in between had a higher chance of being involved in physical conflict while striving for parents' attention, as well as competing for power among siblings. The study also showed that children who received corporal punishment are more likely to bully siblings or their peers. Of the about 2,000 children researched, about 42 per cent of those who expe...

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