Nov 8, 2019
Children with good self-discipline as preteens and adolescents are significantly more likely to be successful young adults either as students or in a satisfying job. Psychologists at UC-Davis draw this conclusion from their longitudinal study of 674 youths.
The teens were assessed every 2 years from ages 10 through 16 with a final analysis at 19. Those who evidence better self-control at younger ages continue that trend and are more successful at age 19. Girls show better self-discipline than boys, as do children scoring higher on IQ tests.
Home chores have no positive effect. Instead, delegating responsibilities to young children may be the key to fostering self-control.
Rodica Ioana Damian, Olivia E. Atherton, Katherine M. Lawson, Richard W. Robins. The co-development of chores and effortful control among Mexican-origin youth and prospective work outcomes. Journal of Research in Personality, 2020; 84: 103883 DOI: 10.1016/j.jrp.2019.103883
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