The Precocity-Longevity Hypothesis: Earlier Peaks in Career Achievement Predict Shorter Lives

  title={The Precocity-Longevity Hypothesis: Earlier Peaks in Career Achievement Predict Shorter Lives},
  author={Stewart J. H. McCann},
  journal={Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin},
  pages={1429 - 1439}
  • S. J. McCann
  • Published 1 November 2001
  • Political Science
  • Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin
A new precocity-longevity hypothesis that those who reach career peaks earlier tend to have shorter lives was tested with 23 samples of eminent persons (N = 1,026), including U.S. presidents, French presidents, Canadian prime ministers, British prime ministers, New Zealand prime ministers, Australian prime ministers, male British monarchs, popes, U.S. Supreme Court justices, U.S. vice presidents, Nova Scotia premiers, Nobel prize winners, Oscar winners for acting, signers of the U.S… 

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