Teen school drop-outs three times as likely to be on benefits in later life

February 6, 2012

Teen school drop-outs are almost three times as likely to be on benefits in later life as their peers who complete their schooling, indicates research published online in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.

The authors analysed the self rated health of almost 9000 Norwegian 13 to 19 year olds, who were already taking part in the Young-HUNT 1 study between 1995 and 1997.

This information was linked to national databases, providing information on schooling and any subsequent need for sickness/disability/unemployment benefit between 1998 and 2007.

By the age of 24, the data showed that 17% of all the had not completed their secondary/high school education.

By the age of 26, almost one in 10 (9%) of the 6451 participants for whom data were available, were in receipt of benefits, more than half of which were for ill health or disability.

Among those who had dropped out of school, almost one in four (23%) were in receipt of long term benefits. More than half were in receipt of benefits for ill health/disability.

This compares with just 7% of those who completed their secondary/high school education. Ill health/disability accounted for just 4% of benefits in this group.

After taking account of influential factors, such as age and of the mother, the likelihood of receiving any type of benefit over the next five years was nearly three times greater for school drop-outs (44%) than for those completing their secondary/ (16%).

Dropping out of school and rating as poor were strongly linked, the findings showed. Those who said they were in during their had a higher drop-out rate (26.5%) than those in good health (16%).

One in three teens who described their health as poor was on benefit between the ages of 24 and 28, compared with one in five of those in good health.

The authors caution against drawing definitive conclusions about cause and effect, but suggest that their findings "may be an indication that ill health increases vulnerability to social exclusion in the transition from adolescence to adulthood."

"Research related to the association between health, high school drop-out and work integration of young adults is scarce, while publicity on the topic is often dramatic and moralistic and could be a contributor to further stigmatisation," they write.

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Burnerjack
3 / 5 (2) Feb 06, 2012
Rewarding bad behavior begets more bad behavior. Maybe the answer is to inform would be drop outs that they will be barred from any such benefits.
Vendicar_Decarian
Feb 07, 2012
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Vendicar_Decarian
Feb 08, 2012
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Noumenon
Feb 08, 2012
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Noumenon
1 / 5 (1) Feb 08, 2012
Rewarding bad behavior begets more bad behavior. Maybe the answer is to inform would be drop outs that they will be barred from any such benefits.


Exactly. Liberals never understand self reliance and personal accountability, and the effectiveness of natural consequences for poor choices in life.

They would rather bankrupt nations with their stupid entitlement culture, than realize that a) such welfare programs weaken people by the generation, and b) such liberal social experiments have never solved poverty, nor crime, nor poor education.
Vendicar_Decarian
Feb 08, 2012
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Noumenon
1 / 5 (1) Feb 08, 2012
VD, you should be permanently banned for reposting a comment that the mods just removed.
Vendicar_Decarian
Feb 08, 2012
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Vendicar_Decarian
Feb 08, 2012
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Noumenon
1 / 5 (1) Feb 08, 2012
That's the second time you have re-posted the same thing, after a moderator had removed it, in this thread.

That is disrespectful of the moderators. In fact, you disrespect other posters in nearly every post you make. Why the mods have not banned you yet is beyond me.
Vendicar_Decarian
not rated yet Feb 08, 2012
Republicans love censorship and hate free speech.

NoumenTard provides a fine example....

Noumenon
not rated yet Feb 08, 2012
I didn't delete your post the moderators did.

You have free-speech, just not on someone's else property.

antialias_physorg
not rated yet Feb 08, 2012
Maybe the answer is to inform would be drop outs that they will be barred from any such benefits.


The misconception here is that kids aren't adults. Adults plan ahead. Kids don't.

So telling them that they will be 'barred from benefits' is about as effective as telling a child that they will get no desert in 2 hours if they behave badly now.
kochevnik
1 / 5 (1) Feb 08, 2012
@Noumenon Why the mods have not banned you yet is beyond me.
Probably because they saw what your friends did in Germany.
RitchieGuy
1 / 5 (1) Feb 09, 2012
@Noumenon "Why the mods have not banned you yet is beyond me."
Kochevnik says:
Probably because they saw what your friends did in Germany.

Komrade Kochevnik. . .shame on you. . .if that's at all possible. Why do you side with a numbnutz like VD when the only thing he does in these threads is bitch about Americans and their country. Do you like it when someone says nasty things against Russia and Russian people?
Also, how would you know what Nou's friends did in Germany? Sounds like a rather foolish assumption on your part.

Getting back to the topic. . . .kids don't have a rational projection of what's in store for them in their future, otherwise they might choose more wisely. It's like the old saying, "if I knew back then what I know now. . . ."
crass
not rated yet Feb 12, 2012
Of course to all those neo conservatives and neo libertarians perhaps those who claim benefit are doing those who work a favour by not competing and allowing those in work to work.
ab3a
not rated yet Feb 12, 2012
No big surprise here. Nevertheless, the question remains: is this a cause, or an effect?

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