What Happens to The Cool Kids, Later In Life [research study]

What Ever Happened to the ‘Cool’ Kids? Long-Term Sequelae of Early Adolescent Pseudomature Behavior,” Joseph P. Allen, Megan M. Schad, Barbara Oudekerk, and Joanna Chango, Child Development, vol. 85, no. 5, 2014, pp. 1866-1880. The authors, at the University of Virginia, explain:

“In a multimethod, multireporter study following a community sample of 184 adolescents from ages 13 to 23, early adolescent pseudomature behavior was linked crosssectionally to a heightened desire for peer popularity and to short-term success with peers. Longitudinal results, however, supported the study’s central hypothesis: Early adolescent pseudomature behavior predicted long-term difficulties in close relationships, as well as significant problems with alcohol and substance use, and elevated levels of criminal behavior.”

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