The Resiliency of Youth

Stephanie Coontz, in The Way We Never Were: American Families and the Nostalgia Trap, wrote:

There is one study I keep on a wall in my bedroom to comfort me when I have seen too many news releases claiming that conditions I either cannot or will not create are essential to my child’s adjustment. It is a long-term study of individuals who were first tracked from infancy to adolescence. Researchers then predicted which youths were likely to lead successful, happy lives and which would turn into troubled adults. When they visited the subjects at age thirty, they were shocked to find that their predictions were wrong in two-thirds of the cases-a record worse than if they had just made random guesses. (p.227)

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