Bad Behavior in School Linked to Lifelong Troubles
Jim LiebeltJim is Senior Writer, Editor and Researcher for the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family at Azusa Pacific University. Jim has over 25 years of experience as a youth and family ministry specialist, and has been on the HomeWord staff since 1998. He has served over the years as a pastor, author, youth ministry trainer, adjunct college instructor and speaker. Jim’s culture blog and parenting articles appear on HomeWord.com. Jim is a contributing author of culture and parenting articles to Crosswalk.com. Jim and his wife Jenny live in Olympia, WA.
- 2009 Jan 12
The results of this study should motivate parents to be proactive in early interventions when they become aware that their children are developing patterns of bad behavior in school.
Teens who misbehave at school may be on their way to a lifetime of difficulties in work, relationships, and mental health, researchers found.
Severe teacher-reported conduct problems in adolescence more than doubled the likelihood that an adult would have poor mental health, difficulties in family life and relationships, and financial woes, Ian Colman, Ph.D., of the University of Alberta, and colleagues reported online in BMJ.
Even mild behavior problems raised the risk of failure to graduate 2.3-fold and nearly doubled global adversity scores in adulthood in the longitudinal cohort study. These findings add to the bleak picture of adult life for adolescents with conduct problems, the researchers said.