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How well will a kid fare in life? Dunedin Study offers clues

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Professor Richie Poulton CNZM, Dunedin Study Director and National Centre for Lifecourse Research Co-Director, is currently in Singapore to deliver the CJ Koh Professorial lecture at the National Institute of Education.

"The early years are absolutely critical for how a person's life turns out, and if you really want to make a difference to people's lives, intervening early is key. That's where governments should put their money. That is where their focus should be" Poulton says. Professor Poulton explains that the Dunedin study singles out children's self-control as a clear target for prevention policy, apart from all other influential features of children's backgrounds, such as their family life, socio-economic status or the child's intelligence. He notes that interventions early on in life can make a difference.