University of Virginia Study “Cool Kids” Struggle More As Adults

  • June 13, 2014
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University of Virginia Study “Cool Kids” Struggle More As Adults

I just found this very interesting study by the University of Virginia showing that the so-called cool kids struggle more as adults. The research was done by University of Virginia and published in the journal Child Development. Cool kids were more likely to run into trouble as adults. Over a 10-year time frame as young adults cool kids were using 40% more drugs and alcohol than the “not so cool” kids and were 22% more likely to be running into troubles with the law.

“For years, young teens, and even parents of teens, have been intimidated by the kids who just seem to be moving precociously into adolescence,” said study lead author Joseph Allen, a professor of psychology at the University of Virginia.

“These teens date; they go to fast parties; they get in minor forms of trouble that people associate with adolescence, (such as) vandalism, shoplifting and truancy; they care more about appearances,” Allen explained.

“(But) being popular in middle school isn’t the same as becoming prepared to be a successful adult,” he said.

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