Otago study shows childhood self-control influences later life

Research spearheaded by University of Otago researchers has found that the extent of a child’s self-control can predict their health, wealth and criminal activity as adults, irrespective of their IQ or social background.

Self-control includes such traits as perseverance, self discipline and conscientiousness, and the study’s authors suggest that children and teenagers be encouraged in improving their self-control, with positive consequences not only for them, but for society as a whole.

The study is published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and registered journalists can access the full paper in the SMC Resource Library.

Media coverage:

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ONE News/NZPA: Latta rates study as ‘exciting’

RadioLive: Children with more self-control turn into healthier and wealthier adults – Audio

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