Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Why you may not want your kids to be smart

Typically, you want your kids to be smart, right? Of course! I am not saying that's the most important factor, but if you could choose, "brains" would land on the positive side of the characteristics. But what if I told you a new study shows a strong I.Q. has been linked to drug usage later in life. Would you have your child's I.Q. tested so you would have a better idea whether they will test out dangerous drugs like heroine and cocaine later in life? Maybe "knowing" about an increased possibility for your child would help. What do you think?

A high childhood IQ may be linked to subsequent illegal drug use, particularly among women, suggests research published online in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.

The IQ scores of the participants were measured at the ages of 5 and 10 years.

Drug use included cannabis; cocaine; uppers (speed and wiz); downers (blues, tanks, barbiturates); LSD (acid); and heroin. By the age of 30, around one in three men (35.4%) and one in six women (15.9%) had used cannabis, while 8.6% of men and 3.6% of women had used cocaine, in the previous 12 months.

When intelligence was factored in, the analysis showed that men with high IQ scores at the age of 5 were around 50% more likely to have used amphetamines, ecstasy, and several illicit drugs than those with low scores, 25 years later. The link was even stronger among women, who were more than twice as likely to have used cannabis and cocaine as those with low IQ scores.

-NewsAnchorMom Jen

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