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Impacts of adolescent and young adult civic engagement on health and socioeconomic status in adulthood

Ballard, P. J.; Hoyt, L. T.; & Pachucki, M. C. (2018). Impacts of adolescent and young adult civic engagement on health and socioeconomic status in adulthood. Child Development.

Ballard, P. J.; Hoyt, L. T.; & Pachucki, M. C. (2018). Impacts of adolescent and young adult civic engagement on health and socioeconomic status in adulthood. Child Development.

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The present study examines links between civic engagement (voting, volunteering, and activism) during late adolescence and early adulthood, and socioeconomic status and mental and physical health in adulthood. Using nationally representative data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health, a propensity score matching approach is used to rigorously estimate how civic engagement is associated with outcomes among 9,471 adolescents and young adults (baseline Mage = 15.9). All forms of civic engagement are positively associated with subsequent income and education level. Volunteering and voting are favorably associated with subsequent mental health and health behaviors, and activism is associated with more health-risk behaviors and not associated with mental health. Civic engagement is not associated with physical health.




JOUR



Ballard, P. J.
Hoyt, L. T.
Pachucki, M. C.



2018


Child Development





January 24, 2018




0009-3920

10.1111/cdev.12998



7293