By Dr. Marciene Mattleman

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A new study from the Brookings Institution shows that character skills that improve performance can mean more to success than academic skills.

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The study focuses on drive, defined as “the ability to apply oneself to a task and stick with it” and prudence, “the ability to defer gratification and look to the future” as measured via a composite score of behaviors on the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth.

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Children whose scores showed greater character strength were found by the research to be more likely to graduate from high school with a grade point average of greater than 2.5, less likely to be arrested as an adolescent or to become pregnant as teenagers and more likely to graduate from college.

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