Interesting new research. In the past, there was some evidence that middleborns were the most likely to have adjustment disorders (e.g., depression, anxiety) and suicidal thoughts — the good ol’ “middle born syndrome” — but new evidence suggests that youngest at greatest risk. Here are some of the reasons given by the researchers:
Younger siblings are often bullied by their olders, with many known harmful effects.
Less parental attention and supervision and parents’ lower awareness of children’s psychological health.
Weaker attachment between later-born children and their parents because of less time with parents.
Also could be due to higher age of parents at children’s birth.
Some interesting thoughts!