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Bright children become enlightened adults

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We examined the prospective association between general intelligence (g) at age 10 and liberal and antitraditional social attitudes at age 30 in a large (N= 7,070), representative sample of the British population born in 1970. Statistical analyses identified a general latent trait underlying attitudes that are antiracist, pro-working women, socially liberal, and trusting in the democratic political system. There was a strong association between higher g at age 10 and more liberal and antitraditional attitudes at age 30; this association was mediated partly via educational qualifications, but not at all via occupational social class. Very similar results were obtained for men and women. People in less professional occupations-and whose parents had been in less professional occupations-were less trusting of the democratic political system. This study confirms social attitudes as a major, novel field of adult human activity that is related to childhood intelligence differences.

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Deary, Ian J., Batty, G. David and Gale, Catharine R. (2008) Bright children become enlightened adults Psychological Science, 19, (1), pp. 1-6. (doi:10.1111/j.1467-9280.2008.02036.x).

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Published date: January 2008
Keywords: parents, men, intelligence, social class, human, adult, childhood, women, activity, psychology

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Local EPrints ID: 61057
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/61057
ISSN: 0956-7976
PURE UUID: d048f40e-2609-4c45-8626-ea49fef5d956

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Date deposited: 25 Sep 2008
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 14:22

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Author: Ian J. Deary
Author: G. David Batty

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