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

Von Stumm, Sophie; Macintyre, Sally; Batty, David G.; Clark, Heather and Dreary, Ian J.. 2010. 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. Intelligence, 38(1), pp. 202-211. ISSN 0160-2896 [Article]

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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.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.intell.2009.11.004

Keywords:

Childhood intelligence; Childhood behavior disturbance; Social class of origin; Education; Status attainment in midlife

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Psychology

Dates:

DateEvent
January 2010Published

Item ID:

11234

Date Deposited:

30 Jan 2015 11:18

Last Modified:

04 Jul 2017 13:56

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/11234

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