Self Control in Children is Predictive of Success as an Adult

"Children who had the greatest self-control in primary school and preschool ages were most likely to have fewer health problems when they reached their 30s," says Terrie Moffitt, a professor of psychology at Duke University and King's College London.

Moffitt and a team of researchers studied a group of 1,000 people born in New Zealand in 1972 and 1973, tracking them from birth to age 32. The new study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, is the best evidence yet on the payoff for learning self-discipline early on.

The researchers define self-control as having skills like conscientiousness, self-discipline and perseverance, as well as being able to consider the consequences of actions in making decisions.

The children who struggled with self-control as preschoolers were three times as likely to have problems as young adults. They were more prone to have a criminal record; more likely to be poor or have financial problems; and they were more likely to be single parents.


A study measuring children's self-control found a correlation between low self-control and problems later in life.

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 For Kids, Self-Control Factors Into Future Success
Audiovisual Media>Audio Recording:  Schute, Nancy (February 14, 2011), For Kids, Self-Control Factors Into Future Success, National Public Radio, Retrieved on 2011-03-01
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