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A 20-Year Longitudinal Study Finds Social Skills of Kindergartners Predict Future Health and Well-Be

In July 2015, The American Journal of Public Health published a 20-year longitudinal study that looked at the impact of the social skills of kindergartners on their future success and well-being. The study, found that:

In this study, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation:

  • The teachers used a five - point scale (from "not at all" to "very well"), to assess the following five social competencies:

  1. Resolves peer problems

  2. Listens to others

  3. Shares materials

  4. Cooperates

  5. Is helpful

  • The survey population was a random sampl