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23 August 2011

Happy teens are usually crime-free

A new study helps support the notion that happy young teens are more likely to avoid crime.

A new study helps support the notion that happy young teens are more likely to avoid crime. To reach this finding, researchers at the University of California, Davis analysed 1995 and 1996 data from nearly 15,000 students in Grades 7 to 9.

About 29% of the students said they'd committed at least one criminal offence and 18% said they had used at least one illegal drug.

They theorised that the benefits of being generally happy - such as maintaining strong bonds with others, feeling good about oneself, and gaining good social skills - can help kids make good decisions that are "informed by positive emotions".

 
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