Navigation Links
New study sheds light on what happens to 'cool' kids
Date:6/11/2014

Teens who tried to act cool in early adolescence were more likely than their peers who didn't act cool to experience a range of problems in early adulthood, according to a new decade-long study. The study, by researchers at the University of Virginia, appears in the journal Child Development.

While cool teens are often idolized in popular mediain depictions ranging from James Dean's Rebel Without a Cause to Tina Fey's Mean Girlsseeking popularity and attention by trying to act older than one's age may not yield the expected benefits, according to the study.

Researchers followed 184 teens from age 13, when they were in seventh and eighth grades, to age 23, collecting information from the teens themselves as well as from their peers and parents. The teens attended public school in suburban and urban areas in the southeastern United States and were from racially and ethnically diverse backgrounds.

Teens who were romantically involved at an early age, engaged in delinquent activity, and placed a premium on hanging out with physically attractive peers were thought to be popular by their peers at age 13. But over time, this sentiment faded: By 22, those once-cool teens were rated by their peers as being less competent in managing social relationships. They were also more likely to have had significant problems with alcohol and drugs, and to have engaged in criminal activities, according to the study.

"It appears that while so-called cool teens' behavior might have been linked to early popularity, over time, these teens needed more and more extreme behaviors to try to appear cool, at least to a subgroup of other teens," says Joseph P. Allen, Hugh P. Kelly Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia, who led the study. "So they became involved in more serious criminal behavior and alcohol and drug use as adolescence progressed. These previously cool teens appeared less competentsocially and otherwisethan their less cool peers by the time they reached young adulthood."


'/>"/>

Contact: Hannah Klein
hklein@srcd.org
202-289-0320
Society for Research in Child Development
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Breakthrough study sheds new light on best medication for children with seizures
2. Harvard study finds substance abuse & mental health problems in MSM interfere with HIV medication adherence
3. Does dad matter? New study looks at his environmental exposure in reproductive success
4. Study identifies risk factors for hospital readmissions
5. Miriam Hospital study shows how to make statewide health campaigns more effective
6. Mammography has led to fewer late-stage breast cancers, U-M study finds
7. Study shows health policy researchers lack confidence in social media for communication
8. Sleep apnea tied to diabetes in large study
9. Study: When hospital workers get vaccines, community flu rates fall
10. Study: New test predicts if breast cancer will spread
11. UIC conducts phase I drug study for advanced pancreatic cancer
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:3/28/2017)... ... 28, 2017 , ... With expansion and efficiency in mind, Patten Seed Company ... seed processing plant opened in Marshallville in 2006, and a bagging and shipping facility ... for transition of Patten Seed operations to the Middle Georgia location from their previous ...
(Date:3/28/2017)... ... 28, 2017 , ... Oily skin is a common and unwelcomed occurrence in people of all ... lot to offer to the discussion of dealing with excess skin oil. “Oily skin is ... home remedies that can help remove the oily shine while keeping the skin fresh and ...
(Date:3/28/2017)... ... March 28, 2017 , ... Nurse ... profession as their value increases in the healthcare workforce, according to a survey ... job boards, career fairs, and candidate leads to healthcare employers of physicians and ...
(Date:3/28/2017)... ... 28, 2017 , ... Bacteria and fungi are probably not the first ingredients that come to ... the right microorganisms in your diet can actually improve health outcomes. And the good news ... the topic of a new peer-reviewed paper led by Maria Marco, Ph.D. ...
(Date:3/27/2017)... ... March 27, 2017 , ... The respected dental team ... straight teeth without the extensive time commitment and aesthetic disadvantages of traditional braces ... referral. A custom-designed series of virtually invisible aligners are created for each patient ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:3/28/2017)... , March 28, 2017  Akcea Therapeutics, a subsidiary ... to the company,s board of directors: ... Partners. Mr. Gabrieli will serve as chairman of the board ... former chief commercial officer of Forest Laboratories. ... Biolink Partners. "We are excited to ...
(Date:3/28/2017)... 2017 RXi Pharmaceuticals Corporation (NASDAQ: RXII), ... address significant unmet medical needs, today announced that ... Patent Office (JPO) for the composition of matter ... for the treatment or prevention of fibrotic disorders, ... proliferative retinopathy (Japanese Patent #: 6060071).  This patent ...
(Date:3/28/2017)... , March 28, 2017  Medeon Biodesign, Inc., ... company, is pleased to announce that the Company ... of Panther Orthopedics, Inc., a San ... fixation solutions for orthopedic extremity applications.  ... expand rapidly, primarily due to procedure volume growth, ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: