Those with limited social skills also had a higher chance of getting arrested, binge-drinking, and applying for public housing.
"This study shows that helping children develop social and emotional skills is one of the most important things we can do to prepare them for a healthy future," said Kristin Schubert, program director at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which funded the research, in a release.
"It's something that we know that other primates don’t do," said psychologist Mark Nielsen, of the University of Queensland in Australia.
According to research out of Harvard Business School, there are significant benefits for children growing up with mothers who work outside the home.
"Role modeling is a way of signaling what's appropriate in terms of how you behave, what you do, the activities you engage in, and what you believe," the study's lead author, Harvard Business School professor Kathleen L. "There are very few things, that we know of, that have such a clear effect on gender inequality as being raised by a working mother," she told Working Knowledge.
The 20-year study showed that socially competent children who could cooperate with their peers without prompting, be helpful to others, understand their feelings, and resolve problems on their own, were far more likely to earn a college degree and have a full-time job by age 25 than those with limited social skills."From an early age, these skills can determine whether a child goes to college or prison, and whether they end up employed or addicted." If your parents divorce when you're super-young, you'll likely have poor relationships with them in adulthood.If your parents split up when you were between 3 and 5, you'll probably have an insecure relationship with them when you're an adult, especially in the case of fathers, according to a University of Illinois study.However, that divorce incidence doesn't predict insecure romantic relationships.If you copied everything your parents did as a child, even if it didn't make sense, it's likely you developed a willingness to assume that actions have some "unknown" purpose.Several studies have shown a correlation between sexual abuse — and other traumatic childhood experiences — and eating disorders.