Are your kids “cool”? Watch out

Abstract: Pseudomature behavior—ranging from minor delinquency to precocious romantic involvement—is widely viewed as a nearly normative feature of adolescence. When such behavior occurs early in adolescence, however, it was hypothesized to reflect a misguided overemphasis upon impressing peers and was considered likely to predict long-term adjustment problems. In a multimethod, multireporter study following a community sample of 184 (eds. my highlight) adolescents from ages 13 to 23, early adolescent pseudomature behavior was linked cross-sectionally 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.

Allen et al. 2014.What Ever Happened to the “Cool” Kids? Long-Term Sequelae of Early Adolescent Pseudomature Behavior. Child development.

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/cdev.12250/abstract

imagesNow if we could generalize anything from a sample size of only 184, I know one guy who is in trouble. Probably one of the coolest teenagers in the world right now, Brazil’s Neymar. Expect relationship difficulties,  alcohol and substance abuse.

I’ll admit this Neymar penalty is pretty cool: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tSOEJLRO52E

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About TeeYay

Ph.D. in Assessment, Monitoring, and Geospatial Analysis (applied statistics) from the University of Minnesota, USA.
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