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  1. Chicago School Kids Learn Impulse Control

    Chicago Program Teaches Boys Self-Control

    A Chicago outreach program is teaching poor minority middle and high school boys to learn good impulse control habits, claiming it leads to a reduction of crime and dropout rates. A recent paper by the National Bureau of Economic Research found kids that enrolled in the program, run by the Youth Guidance nonprofit, took 79 percent longer to think before making a decision when put in confrontational situations. Similar to cognitive behavioral therapy, the program forces kids to think slowly, like simply asking for a ball verbally instead of snatching it away forcefully.

     

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