New research has indicated that children’s reputation in adolescence is linked with their psychological and physical health in the later years in life. A group of health experts has revealed that teenage children who are not popular in their peer groups are at a higher risk of having circulatory system disease later in life. Such kids tend to have a higher risk of conditions like narrowed and hardened arteries and abnormal heartbeat. Such issues can impact the normal functioning of the heart and blood vessels. Experts have said that though it is not known to everyone but peer status is one of the crucial predictors of psychological and health issues in the future.
Mitch Prinstein, Professor of psychology and neuroscience at the University of North Carolina has said that there are many studies, which show that our popularity among peers in grade school decides our health outcomes in the future more strongly than intelligence quotient, parental income, grades, and pre-existing health conditions. Experts have said that peer status is a special kind of popularity, which is different from being a cool kid. High-status kids who enjoy with friends on weekends, hang out in school premises have a different type of popularity. It can be considered as perceived popularity, said the author of the study. Peer status is an indicator of popularity. It is a degree, which a child is accepted and respected by the peer groups, said the scholars. Smoking, alcohol, and unhealthy diet contribute to chronic health issues in the later stage of life; however, a study says that high-quality relationship is an essential indicator of mortality. Experts have used the data of the Stockholm Birth Cohort Multigenerational study in this new research.
The health index of around 5410 men and 59990 women, who have been in their 60s, has been tracked by the experts. The participants of this study have been asked questions related to their adolescence. These data have been used to establish their peer status. Participants have been divided into four nominations like zero (marginalized) one (low), two and three (medium status), and four (high status). People with marginalized peer status at the age of 13 have been at 33 to 34 percent higher risk of circulatory disease, as per the findings of the study. Experts have looked for factors such as the number and position of siblings, socioeconomic conditions, parental education, and mental health as well. Factors like academic performance, intellect, and criminal behavior as well have been observed in the study.