Teenagers who misbehaved were more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety as adults, to be divorced, and to have financial difficulties. Most children will act up in school at one point or another, but routine misbehavior, especially in teenagers, could be a sign of trouble ahead. British researchers tracked more than 3,500 adolescents for 40 years, asking them periodically about their health, happiness, and life events. The children's teachers had provided ratings of their behavior at the beginning of the study, including how often they did not show up for school, disobeyed instructions, or daydreamed during class. Results showed that students who misbehaved frequently as teens were 30 percent more likely to report depression as adults. They were also 70 percent more likely to be divorced and had double the chance for financial troubles. Researchers say one major contributing factor could be that troubled teens were four times as likely to leave school without a degree, making it difficult for them to earn a good living. Experts say helping these kids manage their anger and relate to others, and stay in school, would greatly improve their chances for success as adults.
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