healthy_childhood_insideb.jpgIf you want your children to become successful adults, it would be wise to make sure that you are able to provide for them financially as well as make sure that their childhood is not marked by major health problems.

This is supported by a study conducted by Anne Case and Christina Paxson, which found that adults who come from well-off families and were healthy growing up are more likely to advance in their careers compared to their less privileged counterparts.

Case and Paxson, both researchers from Princeton University, conducted the study among 10,308 civil servants from England, all of whom held white collar jobs in different government sectors. The study started in 1985, when the subjects were between 35 and 55 years old.

According to an article on the study published in The Daily Mail, "Not only are poorer health and worse social circumstances in childhood associated with lower initial employment grade, but they are associated with a widening of earnings gaps over time. Those who were healthy in childhood and those from higher socio-economic backgrounds are significantly more likely to be promoted."

The study comes in the wake of increased concern about how children are adversely affected by growing up in troubled families or outside the traditional familial setup.

The findings of this research coincide with previous studies that say children benefit from a traditional home, where parents are able to look after the health of their children as well and adequately provide for their needs. The same Daily Mail article says "children of cohabitees (parents who live together but are not married) do less well, and those who are most likely to become failures come from single parent and broken families."

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