How successful you will be as an adult may best be predicted by your friends or peers from grade school, a new insight seems to suggest.
The study began in 1976 with students in grades 1, 4, and 7 rating their peers in terms of their personality traits- popularity, aggressiveness and sociable qualities. Self evaluations were also sought.
The kids were tracked well into adulthood. Personality traits in adulthood - extent of openness, sociability, and conscientiousness were also measured.
The study revealed that evaluations from the group of peers were closely associated with eventual adult outcomes as compared to their own personality perceptions from childhood.
When kids were rated as socially withdrawn, such children portrayed less conscientiousness in later life. When students rated their peers as likeable, a better outcome was seen in adulthood.
Peer-ratings were found to be agood prediction of success in adulthood, the study showed.