Physical health in adolescence strongly influences educational attainment

posted 9 Sep 2016, 10:28 by Damian Wood
It is well known that children from poorer families have a higher risk of developing chronic health conditions and that ill health has a significant negative effect on labour force participation in adults. In Arch Dis Child this month Emily Callender and colleagues explore the impact of household income, and physical and mental health in adolescence on education attainment, household income and health status in adulthood. The data shows that physical health in adolescence has a stronger influence on education attainment in adulthood than household income. 

Arch Dis Child 2016;101:825-831 doi:10.1136/archdischild-2015-309721


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