Long-term benefits of coaching youngsters

Teaching young people how to be more positive could make them happier, healthier and better able to succeed in the future, new research being presented at today's annual conference of the British Psychological Society's Division of Occupational Psychology in Brighton.

Louise Brown from the charity ThinkForward and Ali Shalfrooshan and Dan Hughes from Assessment & Development Consultants asked 277 secondary school pupils to fill in questionnaires about their attitudes towards school and others, their behaviour and any sleeping problems they may have been having.

It was found that the more self-belief, ambition and appetite for learning they displayed, the less likely they were to have hyperactivity, issues with others and emotional problems.

Positive pupils were also happier, slept better and displayed traits such as good planning and problem solving that could help to make them attractive prospects for employers in years to come.

The researchers are currently carrying out a pilot positivity coaching scheme and they hope rolling this kind of initiative out more widely could reduce the number of unemployed 16 to 25-year-olds in Britain.

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