Study asserts changes in children's behaviour can predict midlife health behaviours

Apr 24, 2022

New Delhi, April 24 (ANI): Socioemotional behaviour at age 8 predicted health behaviour both directly and indirectly through education. There are a wide variety of factors behind health behaviour and one of them is personality. Differences in behaviour and response style between individuals are already visible in young children. A recent paper examined the role of socioemotional behaviour in children in relation to physical activity, smoking, alcohol consumption and body mass index assessed up to 42 years later. The results of this paper suggest that differences in individuals' behaviour already visible in childhood are reflected in adulthood both directly and through various mediating mechanisms