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Childhood Psychological Distress and Youth Unemployment

Childhood Psychological Distress and Youth Unemployment

This study examines the association between childhood distress and youth unemployment. Using data from two prospective studies with over one million observations on 19,217 individuals, the study authors, Liam Delaney, Michael Daly and Mark Egan found that children with high distress were 2.5 percentage points more likely to become unemployed later in early adulthood across both studies. Distress is more strongly linked with unemployment during economic recession. Findings suggest economic benefits to improving mental health services early in life.

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