Kids taught self-control do well as adults

NZ Herald Jun 1, 2011 

Teaching self-control to children as young as 3 can set them up for healthy, wealthy and crime-free lives, researchers have found. Physical health, alcohol and drug addictions, personal finances and criminal offending in adulthood can be “significantly predicted” by how a child acts up to 11 years old. The findings, part of a study of 1000 children born in Dunedin in 1972-73, have been released today by chief science adviser Sir Peter Gluckman. Study director Richie Poulton said the findings could help explain “the New Zealand paradox” of high teenage injury and death rates in such a peaceful, ethical and developed nation. He believes they could even account for our high national debt.