Culture Post: Teaching Children Self-Control in Elementary School Leads to Well-Educated, Successful Adults

The following is excerpted from an online article posted by StudyFinds.

Children are often viewed as hyper, curious, and impulsive in nature. It certainly may seem like a stretch to think that wide-eyed kids can self-regulate these parts of themselves, especially with rollercoaster emotions and levels of focus. International researchers report, however, that teaching them self-control early in their life leads to long-term educational along with societal success. That means a better chance for higher income, greater health outcomes, and an overall more pleasurable life in adulthood.

This randomized control study integrated short-term self-regulation teachings into the learning curriculum of over 500 first graders. Due to concerns from past trials, the study authors designed the training units in a cost-effective and efficient way that would support easy integration into any primary school setting.

The team discovered that even a limited amount of self-control training conferred impressive results. Not only did it support improved self-regulation, but also reading ability and attentiveness to detail. Students were also far more likely to be accepted into competitive secondary schools by three years post-training.

The findings are published in the journal Nature Human Behavior.

Source: StudyFinds

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[reposted by] Jim Liebelt

Jim is Senior Writer, Editor and Researcher for HomeWord. Jim has 40 years of experience as a youth and family ministry specialist, having served over the years as a pastor, author, consultant, mentor, trainer, college instructor, and speaker. Jim’s HomeWord culture blog also appears on and Jim and his wife Jenny live in Quincy, MA.

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