Intelligence, social class of origin, childhood behavior disturbance and education as predictors of status attainment in midlife in men The Aberdeen Children of the 1950s study

Sophie von Stumm, Sally Macintyre, David G. Batty, Heather Clark, Ian J. Deary

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Abstract

In a birth cohort of 6281 men from Aberdeen. Scotland. social class of origin, childhood intelligence, childhood behavior disturbance and education were examined as predictors of status attainment in midlife (46 to 51 years). Social class of origin, intelligence and behavior disturbance were conceptualized as correlated predictors, whose effects were hypothesized to be partially mediated by educational qualifications. A structural equation model using Full Information Maximum Likelihood estimation confirmed that education had the strongest direct effect on status attainment at midlife. Furthermore, education partially mediated the effects of social class of origin and childhood intelligence, and fully mediated the effects of behavior disturbance on status attainment. Social class of origin, childhood intelligence and behavior disturbance were strongly inter-correlated. After controlling for these associations, educational and social status attainments were influenced to a considerably greater extent by childhood intelligence than by social class of origin. (c) 2009 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)202-211
Number of pages10
JournalIntelligence
Volume38
Issue number1
Early online date1 Dec 2009
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2010

Keywords

  • childhood intelligence
  • childhood behavior disturbance
  • social class of origin
  • education
  • status attainment in midlife
  • occupational attainment
  • mobility
  • personality
  • information
  • success
  • cohort

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