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"The Character Factor: Measures and Impact of Drive and Prudence"

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Character skills that improve performance can mean more to success than academic skills, concludes a new report from the Brookings Institution.

The study focuses on drive—defined as "the ability to apply oneself to a task and stick with it"—and prudence—defined as "the ability to defer gratification and look to the future," as measured via a composite score of behaviors on the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth.

The researchers found children whose scores showed greater character strengths were more likely to graduate from high school with a GPA greater than 2.5, less likely to be arrested as an adolescent, less likely to become pregnant as teenagers, and more likely to graduate from college.

Vol. 34, Issue 11, Page 5

Published in Print: November 5, 2014, as Social and Emotional Learning
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