How Bad Boys Can Die or Get Disabled Early

According to a research study carried out in United Kingdom, troublesome children of 8-10 years can die early or get disabled by the age of 48. The exact reasons for the relation between bad behaviour in childhood and middle age deaths is not known yet. This article tries to gain further insight.

Knowledge Gained from Research:

  • Boys who were dishonest and did not attend school regularly, later were found to be convicted of crime in teenage.
  • 16.3% of such boys died or became disabled by the age of 48.
  • Only 2.6% of men died in that age who were not offenders in school.
  • According to researchers in the Cardiff University in Wales, events that happen in the family when men are of 8-10 years, show effects on their health after 30 years.
  • 17 men died by the age of 48 and equal number of men were disabled by the end of the study.
  • Children of age 10 involved in bad behaviour in school, and convicted by 18 years, are 3 times prone to premature death by 48 years.
  • Those involved in burglary, shoplifting, car theft, violence or vandalism by the age of 32 were four times more prone to death by 48 years.
  • The reasons of death included alcohol, depression, heart disease, cancer and respiratory diseases.
  • It is believed that lack of self control and impulsive behavior during childhood, later cause chronic illness in the patients.

What the Research Involved: The study started way back in 1961 in Cambridge. 411 boys of eight-nine years were part of the study. The researchers wanted to understand the relation between bad behaviour in childhood and early deaths in middle age. They asked questions to the children, their parents and teachers. They also collected information on the antisocial behaviour of these children and their health status. The information collected was divided in to three age groups of 16-18, 27-32 and 43-48 years. By the end of the study, there were 389 men still present in the study.

Importance of this Research: Conviction of their parents, divorce or poor parenting were responsible for making these children possess less self control and be more impulsive. This made them prone to premature deaths and disabilities in middle age. This research stresses on the importance of good parenting during the early years of a child’s life.

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