30 Sep, 2015

Educational attainment in children is associated with positive health transitions into adulthood

Medical Express | Provided by Oxford University Press | 29 September 2015

A longer education in childhood has been linked to positive transitions in health, according to research published today in the Journal of Public Health.

Researchers surveyed 3596 young participants in Finland, aged 3 to 18, to see how they would rate their own . The results suggested that a one year difference in  resulted in a 16% higher transition, from ‘mediocre’ to ‘good’ self-rated health. The study examined results from surveys in 1980 to 2007, where health behaviours, social support, self-esteem, and work-related health hazards were assessed. Each participant was observed three times: in 1986, 1989, and 2001

Participants were asked questions about their current state of health, whether they smoked and drank alcohol, and how strenuous their job was in order to adjust the results of educational attainment accordingly. The main effect of a one year increase in education was robust to these other factors. The use of longitudinal date with multiple outcome measures enabled the study to test health transitions over a long period of time.

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