Nice Kids Finish First: Study Finds Social Skills Can Predict Future Success

Shankar Vedantam
July 26, 2015

A study finds that children who demonstrate more "pro-social" skills — those who share more and who are better listeners — are more likely to have jobs and stay out of trouble as young adults. In a study published by the American Journal of Public Health, children were rated by their teachers on a set of of "pro-social" skills or soft skills and researchers continued to monitor their behavior over a 10 year period to predict the teacher's assumptions. While kids who exhibited pro-social skills accomplished future successes like finishing college or getting a job, not all social skills can be weighed equally. 


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