A study conducted by a collaboration of researchers from the Concordia University and the University of Texas has discovered recently that an individual's success can be best predicted by his or childhood peers from grade school.
The study was dubbed the Concordia Longitudinal Risk Project, which has found that the evaluation of other personalities in the class is more accurate. And even self-evaluation regarding adulthood success fails in front of a peer evaluation.
As per the findings, Montreal students, in grades 1, 4 and 7 at the time, were made to complete peer evaluations of classmates over two years. They also had to self-evaluate, following which they were rated on the grounds of likeability, aggression and social withdrawal.
The close watch went by researchers for some 20 years; children's progress was assessed during the period. Besides, a report on survey was prepared with the enrolment of some 700 participants, a few from the previous study. It was found that evaluations from peers were more associated with adult outcomes than self-assessments.
"The information could be used to promote better longitudinal outcomes for children by helping kids and parents develop effective mechanisms for addressing aggressive behaviours and promoting more pro-social behaviour", said author Alexa Martin-Storey.
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