The risks of being a cool kid


Guests: Bradford Brown, Mitchell Prinstein

We’ve all seen it at our high school reunion – ten or twenty years out, the once popular kids often are often not doing so well in life.  A study published last month supports this anecdotal evidence.  Researchers followed 13-year-olds from middle school on and found that “cool kids” were more likely to have drug, alcohol and relationship problems by their early 20s.  This hour, we take a look at teens, peer relationships and school status and why being popular puts some kids at risk.  Marty talks with BRADFORD BROWN, Professor of Human Development at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and MITCH PRINSTEIN, Professor of Psychology at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

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