Why teaching kids self-control could leave them healthier later

NZ Herald 6 January 2021
Family First Comment: Here’s the interesting thing.
A 2007 Otago University study based on the same data found that children who were smacked in a reasonable way – emphasis, ‘reasonable way’ – had similar or slightly better outcomes in terms of aggression, substance abuse, adult convictions and school achievement than those who were not smacked at all i.e. better self-control.
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Submission to Select Committee considering the anti-smacking law – made by the researchers http://bobmccoskrie.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Otago-medical-School-research.pdf

Training children to have self-control could set them up to be healthier – and biologically younger – when they reach middle age.

That’s according to new research that drew on data tracking 1000 people from birth to age 45, as part of New Zealand’s world-famous Dunedin Study.

Self-control – the ability to contain one’s own thoughts, feelings and behaviours, and to work toward goals with a plan – was considered one of the personality traits that made a child ready for school.

As shown by the new study, led by US researchers, it prepared them for life as well.

It found people who had higher levels of self-control as children were ageing more slowly than their peers at age 45, and their bodies and brains were healthier and biologically younger.

In interviews, the higher self-control group also showed they may be better equipped to handle the health, financial and social challenges of later life as well.
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