Children Who Disobey Their Parents Earn Higher Salaries (According To Science)
— 16 March 2021

Children Who Disobey Their Parents Earn Higher Salaries (According To Science)

— 16 March 2021
Garry Lu
Garry Lu

If there was any justice in this world, weak parents and shitty kids would be punished in some cosmic – or literal – sense (aside from having to endure one another). Unfortunately, that’ll probably never be the case, as science discovers a link between “particularly stubborn” children who disobey their parents and earning higher salaries in the future.

A longitudinal study published in Developmental Psychology followed over 700 kids from around the age of 12 all the way into their 40s. With the aim of predicting whether or not stubbornness could predict success down the track, adjusting for the difference in both parental socio-economic status and IQ, researchers noted the following behavioural factors:

  • childhood intelligence
  • sense of entitlement
  • impatience
  • inattentiveness
  • integrity
  • perceived studiousness (assessed by teachers)
  • pessimism
  • sense of inferiority
  • general rule-breaking tendencies
  • and of course, defiance against parents

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Although the findings are far from definitive – especially given the fact this study failed to account for career paths or extracurricular choices which may have had an impact – nor could any of the six scientists involved explain why for certain, a strong correlation was drawn between children who stepped out of line, habitually disobey their parents, and earning higher salaries later in life.

According to Time, researchers hypothesised the sampled subjects were competitive students backed by ego who gradually matured into “demanding adults”. The possibility of the same young rebels doing something unethical as a means to an end wasn’t exactly ruled out, either.

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Garry Lu
After stretching his legs with companies such as The Motley Fool and the odd marketing agency, Garry joined Boss Hunting in 2019 as a fully-fledged Content Specialist. In 2021, he was promoted to News Editor. Garry proudly retains a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, black bruises from Muay Thai, as well as a black belt in all things pop culture. Drop him a line at [email protected]


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