Tuesday, 10 April 2007

Antisocial boys grow to be unhealthy men

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In a study that followed over 500 men for the last 30+ years some disturbing, but perhaps helpful, information was discovered: boys who display antisocial behavior in childhood and through young-adulthood grow up to be unhealthy adults. The negative outcomes later in life include injuries, STDs, heart problems, decreased immunity, and even poor dental health.

Researchers believe now that helping children with antisocial behavioral problems at a young age could help decrease many of the health issues doctors see in adult men. I do, though, have a question that this article doesn't address: what was their definition of "antisocial behavior?" How can you tell if your child is just shy, versus actually antisocial?

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