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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Another Way to Screw Up Your Kid

An article published in the most recent issue of the journal Social Science Quarterly suggests that the popularity of a child's name can be a predictor of tendency towards criminal behavior. Researchers found that the more unpopular a child's name for the time in which the child is growing up, the more likely the child will eventually commit a crime.

According to the journal's publisher, "Adolescents with unpopular names may be more prone to crime because they are treated differently by their peers, making it more difficult for them to form relationships. Juveniles with unpopular names may also act out because they consciously or unconsciously dislike their names."

Finally a reason for why I knocked over that liquor store! Wait...how popular was the name "Lauren" in the late 1970's and early 1980's? Oh...maybe it really was just my love of scratch-offs and whiskey.

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Blogger Carrie F. said...

I'm not sure what the suprise is here. My minor was Social Psych and they had already done several studies that proved a direct correlation between a child's name and their social status among their peers.

These are extreme examples but just imagine how likely these kids are going to be screwed up as adults:

http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/25827708/

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28269290/

1:14 PM

 
Anonymous Tuffy McFucklebee said...

I've never come across this, since my name is so awesome. When mem and pep McFucklebee named me Tuffy (my Christian name is Tufflestuff) they knew that I would grow to be a big strong man full of dreams and fists stronger than Henry's Hammer. Now, I am a successful Ultimate Fighting Champion, fois gras aficionado, and ladykiller. Picture Patrick Bateman and Jason Bateman wrapped into one.

It doesn't surprise me that these doctor science people found that wimpnut names cause people to end up as wimpnuts that do the crimes.

Tuffy out

12:06 PM

 

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