May 17, 2011
Childhood self-control linked to later social, financial and health outcomes
marshmallow experiment. It showed that young children who were better able to resist the temptation of a cookie or marshmallow grew into teenagers with fewer disciplinary problems and better school results. Now, a new study by Terri Moffitt and her team found that levels of self-control of children are positively associated with a range of social, financial and health outcomes in adult life. Remarkable was that the study showed that there does not seem to be a level of self-control beyond which no more benefits are gleaned. The study suggests that teaching children self-control could prevent problems. Also, teaching children self-control is likely to benefit even children who already score highly in self-control. (More about this study here).