October 1, 2020

Linkage between civic engagement in adolescence and physical and mental health status in young adulthood

Linkage between civic engagement in adolescence and physical and mental health status in young adulthood. (P. Ballard, UCB; L. Hoyt, Fordham U.; M. Pachucki, U. Amherst)

Led by Ballard et al., this project examined youth development and how different types of civic engagement affect trajectories into adulthood, though a secondary data analysis using AddHealth data. Overall, the study identified positive associations between all or most forms of civic engagement and subsequent income, education level, mental health and health behaviors. No associations were found with subsequent physical health. In addition to the article in Child Development, the analysis was also presented at the 2017 meeting of the Society for Research on Child Development.

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