The benefits of growing up in a healthy family are noticed in adult life

Children who grow up in a healthy family not only have better physical health, but also emotional health, something that is noticeable when they are adults. According to a study, those children who have been raised in what they consider 'healthy homes' are more extroverted, which helps them in their daily performance for their future work and sentimental life.

The study, prepared by academics from the British universities of Cambridge and Kent suggests that Personality and aspirations are directly related to the context in which you are born.

Healthy homes and adult life

People who are born in "advanced homes", that is, in which parents have qualified jobs, are more predisposed to be assertive, talkative and enthusiastic, the typical characteristics of extroverted people. This is what the British newspaper mentions Daily Mail, which has echoed this interesting research.


To reach these conclusions the experts have analyzed the data of 150,000 people in the United Kingdom who have responded to the 'Great Personality Test' of the British public broadcaster, the BBC. The results also show that adults who are more outgoing tend to earn higher wages.

Family background and salaries

On average, extroverted adults have a 25 percent more chance of earning about 40,000 pounds a year, with higher salaries for men than for women. At the same time, those who are more meticulous have a 20 percent greater chance of earning higher salaries.


"For various reasons, children from advanced contexts seem to tend to develop personality characteristics and aspirations that consequently benefit them in the labor market," the study points out. Among the reasons that explain this, they point out "the fact that children from lower contexts tend to have experienced more situations of stress and instability at home ".

The role of schools

With these results, the study proposes that schools should encourage their 'poorest' students to improve in the knowledge of different professional careers, and that schools should use a good 'feedback' to improve the social skills of their students. In this line, it encourages higher education institutions, such as universities, to teach students skills for employment and techniques for succeed in job interviews.


The study also suggests that educational programs should be focused on improving student outcomes they come from less favored environments, focusing on both broader skills and academic performance. That is to say, that the schools should allocate efforts to teach the pupils "abilities for outside the school", like the firmness of character.

Angela R. Bonachera

More information: The 7 habits of highly effective families, by Stephen Covey.

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