Once again we see that the cause for ills in the world and the downward slide of society can be avoided by simple yet profound truths in the ancient texts of the Word of God (Proverbs 22:6).
A simple test at the age of three can determine whether children will grow up to be a burden on society, needing excessive welfare, ending up in jail or becoming obese.
Scientists at King’s College London followed more than 1,000 children from before school until they were 38, to find out if it was possible to predict who would go on to lead troubled lives.
All were given a 45 minute test aged three to gauge … their levels of tolerance, restlessness, impulsivity and social disadvantage.
After 35 years, the researchers found one fifth of the group was responsible for 81 per cent of the criminal convictions; three quarters of drug prescriptions; two thirds of welfare benefit payments and more than half of nights in hospital.
But crucially, they discovered that the outcome could have been predicted decades earlier, simply by looking at which children attained the lowest test scores aged three.
“You get the best bang for the buck with early intervention,” she said. “These are all traits that can be controlled and improved upon, so identifying them in young children is a gift, and all of society would benefit.
Prof Moffitt added: “This study really gives a pretty clear picture of what happens if you don’t intervene.”