This Study Proves Parents DO Have A Favourite Child After All...

5 April 2016, 10:40 | Updated: 25 April 2016, 13:26

Liam Gallagher and brother Noel of Oasis

Find out whether it's younger or older siblings who get the best treatment.

Noel and Liam Gallagher. Ray and Dave Davies. Nathan, Jared and Caleb Followill. 

Rock n roll is full of siblings with fraught relationships, but what if it was down to them being treated differently by their parents?

If you thought all parents treated their kids differently, according to a study in Science Of Us, you could have been right all along.

Sociologist Katherine Conger and her team surveyed 384 pairs of siblings, asking if they felt any differential treatment from their parents and if it affected their self-esteem.

The study found that "first born" children tended to feel preferred while younger siblings felt they were treated more harshly.


The study also asked the parents themselves and found 70% of dads and 74% of mums admitted to treating one child better than the other.

Although, let's be fair. If the research had shown parents didn't favour one child over the other... would we even believed it?