Educational attainment at age 10-11 years predicts health risk behaviors and injury risk during adolescence

J. Demmler, R. Hill, M. Rahman, A. Bandyopadhyaya, M. Healy, Shantini Paranjothy, Simon Murphy, Adam Fletcher, Gillian Hewitt, A. John, R. Lyons, S. Brophy

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Abstract

Purpose: To examine the effect of educational attainment in primary school on later adolescent health. Methods: Education data attainments at age 7 and 11 were linked with (1) primary and secondary care injury consultation/admissions and (2) the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children survey. Cox regression was carried out to examine if attainment in primary school predicts time to injury in adolescence. Results: Pupils that achieve attainment at age 7 but not at age 11 (i.e., declining attainment over time in primary school) are more likely to have an injury during adolescence. These children are also more likely to self-report drinking in adolescence. Conclusions: Interventions aimed at children with declining attainment in primary school could help to improve adolescent health.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)212-218
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Adolescent Health
Volume61
Issue number2
Early online date5 Apr 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2017

Keywords

  • Injury
  • Educational attainment
  • Adolescence
  • Children
  • Cohort

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    Demmler, J., Hill, R., Rahman, M., Bandyopadhyaya, A., Healy, M., Paranjothy, S., Murphy, S., Fletcher, A., Hewitt, G., John, A., Lyons, R., & Brophy, S. (2017). Educational attainment at age 10-11 years predicts health risk behaviors and injury risk during adolescence. Journal of Adolescent Health, 61(2), 212-218. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jadohealth.2017.02.003