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Intelligence and early life mortality: Findings from a longitudinal sample of youth

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The current study examined whether adolescent IQ predicted risk for mortality by the age of 32. Analyses of data from the Add Health revealed that IQ was related to mortality risk, such that respondents with relatively lower IQs were significantly more likely to experience early life mortality when compared to respondents with relatively higher IQs. This association remained statistically significant even after controlling for a host of covariates such as race, gender, involvement in violent behaviors, levels of self-control, and poverty. The average IQ of deceased respondents was approximately 95, whereas the average IQ of living respondents was about 100.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: College of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, USA 2: School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Lincoln, Nebraska, USA 3: Department of Criminal Justice, Pennsylvania State University, Abington, Pennsylvania, USA 4: Center for Social and Humanities Research, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia 5: School of Criminal Justice, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA 6: Criminology & Criminal Justice, School of Social Work and Department of Epidemiology, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri, USA

Publication date: May 27, 2016

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