Do Rebellious Kids Turn Out To Be More Successful?

By Abbie Uychiat, Parent Herald February 18, 10:35 am

Disobedient children are often referred to as the black sheep or the rowdy ones, but these hard-headed traits often end up with something positive. Though most parents would worry about their child's assertive nature or the way that they would rebel once they're called out, it's actually a minor thing to worry about as these kids will emerge as champions later in life.

According to a study in Developmental Psychology published by PumMed in 2015, "Student characteristics and behaviors at age 12 predict occupational success 40 years later over and above childhood IQ and parental socioeconomic status," kids with rebellious ways tend to be more successful than their obedient peers.

Studies pointed out that rebellious children are more assertive thus, giving them the edge when it comes to voicing out their opinions. It is easier for them to insist and strive into getting their wants, and they make it a point to have their respective opinions heard.

According to researchers from the University of Luxembourg, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the Free University of Berlin, "We might assume that students who scored high on this [rebellious] scale might earn a higher income because they are more willing to be more demanding during critical junctures, such as when negotiating salaries or raises."

According to a study, quoted by Sydney Morning Herald, disobedient children does not only become more successful in later life, but they also tend to excel in the money making field. "Rule breaking and defiance of parental authority was the best non-cognitive predictor of higher income after accounting for IQ, parental socio-economic status, and educational attainment."

Though it may seem far out that disobedient children can strive to become better adults, it is not, however, impossible. Researchers were able to come up with a reason as to why they ended up more successful than their obedient peers. Researchers wrote that disobedient individuals "value competition" more than their peers.

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