Kids say brains drain coolness

In Brief

June 02, 1996

The power of friends is so great that even parents who have stressed academic achievement can have their lessons undone if their children are not associating with like-minded friends, according to a new study.

"A large proportion of kids told us that they basically hide their intelligence because they worry their friends are going to make fun of them," said Temple University psychologist Laurence Steinberg, one of the researchers in a 10-year project that focused on out-of-school influences on academic achievement.

The researchers interviewed 20,000 students with differing backgrounds in nine high schools in California and Wisconsin.

Pub Date: 6/02/96

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