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Howard G. Smith, M.D. is a former radio medical editor and talk show host in the Boston Metro area. His "Medical Minute" of health and wellness news and commentary was a regular weekday feature on WBZ-AM, WRKO-AM, and WMRE-AM. His popular two-way talk show, Dr. Howard Smith OnCall, was regularly heard Sunday morning and middays on WBZ.

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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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