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.
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ODT/The Press/NZPA: Otago study shows self-control leads to healthy, wealthy life
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