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Mental-health and educational achievement: The link between poor mental-health and upper secondary school completion and grades
Umeå universitet.
Umeå universitet.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6867-6205
Umeå universitet.
2017 (English)In: Journal of Mental Health, ISSN 0963-8237, E-ISSN 1360-0567, Vol. 26, no 4, p. 318-325Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: Education profoundly affects adult socioeconomic status, so it is important to ensure that all children have the capability and opportunity to achieve educational goals.Aims: The study aimed to examine the relationship between mental-health during adolescence and upper secondary school completion and grades, which has received comparatively little research attention to date.Method: Longitudinal administrative and registered data were used to analyse the relationship between school achievement and prescriptions of psycholeptic and psycho-analeptic drugs. The sample consisted of all children born in Sweden in 1990 (n=109223), who were followed from birth to age 20. Logistic and OLS regressions were performed separately for boys and girls, controlling for birth health and family characteristics.Results: A negative relationship between mental-health problems and educational outcomes was found; this result was almost independent of the controls. Only minor differences between the sexes were detected.Conclusions: Poor mental-health during childhood correlated negatively with educational attainment. Given the strong link between educational success and adult life, more resources are needed to support children with mental-health problems.

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Taylor & Francis Group, 2017. Vol. 26, no 4, p. 318-325
Keywords [en]
Mental-health, education, completion, grades, upper, secondary, school, Sweden
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Psychiatry Social Work
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Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-75210DOI: 10.1080/09638237.2017.1294739ISI: 000407207800004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-75210DiVA, id: diva2:1359946
Available from: 2019-10-10 Created: 2019-10-10 Last updated: 2019-10-16Bibliographically approved

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