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Towards a Diagnosis of the Effects of Teenage Subculture on IQ


by James R. Flynn May 28, 2009

Several lines of analysis suggest that peer subculture, at least among Britons and US blacks, affects IQ test performance. By the teenage years, it is so potent as to swamp family and school. For example, in Britain, data for 1980 to 2008 show that the teenage years are exceptional in that contemporary youth have made no IQ gains over time, even though younger schoolchildren and adults have made significant gains. In America, the teenage years show black IQ steadily losing ground on white IQ. Although the role of black teenage subculture is in dispute, comparative data from Germany, where black subculture was absent, showed IQ parity between the races.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: May 28, 2009
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15639, Date Accessed: 10/23/2017 9:37:19 AM

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  • James Flynn
    University of Otago
    JAMES R. FLYNN is a professor at the University of Otago and his most recent book Where Have All the Liberals Gone?: Race, Class, and Ideals in America is published by Cambridge University Press.
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