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Beginnings Count: A Lot—Predict My Future: The Dunedin Longitudinal Study, DVD


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Part of the Series : Predict My Future: The Dunedin Longitudinal Study

This film introduces the Dunedin Longitudinal Study and examines myths and facts surrounding long-term effects of childhood. It reveals that some of what happens in early life has no lasting psychological affects (thumb sucking, bedwetting), while other behaviors are significant indicators for adult health, wealth, and happiness. See examples of the five personality types, how they compare to the population, and what their lives are like.

Length: 45 minutes


ISBN: 978-1-68272-638-9

Copyright date: ©2015

Closed Captioned

Beginnings Count: A Lot—Predict My Future: Introduction (02:56)
This segment orients viewers to the topic of genetics vs. environment. In the Dunedin Longitudinal Study scientists followed 1,037 people for nearly 40 years.

Dunedin Longitudinal Study (03:04)
Prof. Richie Poulton studies human development; children fascinate him. Study results predict what children will be like as adults. Researchers gather physical data and information about subjects' personal lives with complete confidentiality.

Study Findings (01:54)
Dunedin Longitudinal Study researches found a large number of undetected health problems in children, underlying components of heart disease and asthma, how to spot future criminals, why teenagers run off the rails, and more. The study has published 1,500 papers in major scientific journals.

Character Traits: Confident Personality (02:43)
Kindergartners display traits that predict their health, wealth, and emotional lives as adults. The Dunedin Study classifies children into five personality types. AJ Hackett, a confident personality, was fascinated with speed as a child; he invented bungee jumping.

Personality Types: Reserved and Well-Adjusted (02:11)
Julianne Taylor quietly observes activities around her. Erin Harrison is active, flexible, and social. Both personality traits are generally productive society members and enjoy better health.

Personality Types: Inhibited and Under-Controlled (05:08)
The character traits that define inhibited and under-controlled personalities create trouble and angst. Personality traits are set in early childhood and carry into adulthood, but personality alone does not define one's future.

Linking Childhood to Adult Problems (03:39)
Childhood is experimentation for adulthood. The Dunedin Study found big delays in walking and talking predicted problems later in life.

Dunedin Study Results (04:57)
Researchers found that study participants who slept less as children weighed more as adults, had difficulty with cognitive function, and developed anxiety problems. Children who heard and saw things that were not there later developed schizophrenia. The more television children watched, the more likely they were to experience health issues as adults and leave school unqualified.

Validity of the Dunedin Study (03:26)
Experts discuss initial negative reactions to the study's findings. Prof. Terrie Moffitt repeated anti-social behavior experiments in Pittsburgh; findings paralleled Dunedin results. Dunedin researches earned the Stockholm Prize and the Jacobs Prize.

Dunedin Study Differences (03:10)
Homicide rates in Pittsburgh are dramatically higher than Dunedin; Dunedin has higher youth suicide rates. Over 96% of initial study participants continue to participate after 38 years despite health or location.

Success in Life (03:28)
Prof. James Heckman believes identifying what makes a person successful or unsuccessful provides a tool for managing social issues. The Dunedin study revealed that self-control, measured at age four, was the best predictor of future success.

Demonstration of Self-Control (03:28)
Observe what happens when experts conduct the Marshmallow Test on 4-year-olds. Dunedin Study results predicted the effects of self-control on future success and physical problems.

Promoting Self-Regulation (01:57)
Experts explain how self-control can be improved. Heckman uses Dunedin Study results to encourage the U.S. president to teach self-control in schools, improving the economy.

Childhood, a Time of Possibility (01:59)
The Dunedin Study found adult problems began early in life and that a good childhood provides lifelong benefits. Early intervention is critical for making a difference.

Credits: Beginnings Count: A Lot—Predict My Future: The Dunedin Longitudinal Study (00:55)


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