What happens to the “cool kids” as they enter adulthood?

A new study from the University of Virginia, published in Child Development and reported in EurekAlert, followed a number of “cool kids” from 12 to 20 to see how their early popularity worked for them.  Interestingly, it seemed to work against them, and most had real social problems as young adults.  Possible reasons are discussed, but imply that we should be helping these kids to “normalize” their social relationships while we have them in school.

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