Investigating positive youth development

Using linked data from the Aberdeen Children of the 1950s study (ACONF) and prescribing data for medicines for mental health, the aim of this project is to examine whether childhood participation in Scouts, Guides and other similar organisations: 

1. Is independently associated with better mental health at age 50.

2. Reduces inequalities in adult mental health associated with early life socioeconomic position.

Project lead

Professor Chris Dibben, University of Edinburgh, Scottish Centre for Administrative Data Research (ADR Scotland).

This project is funded by ADR Scotland via its core grant from the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) as an ADR UK partner.

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