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ERIC Number: EJ1094925
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Apr
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0012-1649
Mental Health Improves after Transition from Comprehensive School to Vocational Education or Employment in England: A National Cohort Study
Symonds, Jennifer; Dietrich, Julia; Chow, Angela; Salmela-Aro, Katariina
Developmental Psychology, v52 n4 p652-665 Apr 2016
Underpinned by stage-environment fit and job demands-resources theories, this study examined how adolescents' anxiety, depressive symptoms, and positive functioning developed as they transferred from comprehensive school to further education, employment or training, or became NEET (not in education, employment, or training), at age 16 years, in the longitudinal English national cohort study Next Steps (N = 13,342). Controlling for childhood achievement, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, and gender, we found that NEET adolescents had the largest losses in mental health. This pattern was similar to adolescents staying on at school who had increased anxiety and depression, and decreased positive functioning, after transition. In comparison, adolescents transferring to full-time work, apprenticeships, or vocational college experienced gains in mental health.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)
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