Researchers have found that poor health affects teens’ career and college prospects. Poor mental or physical health as a teen can affect opportunities into adulthood.
Analysis of recent research showed that teens with compromised health were more likely to be unemployed or have low income jobs in adulthood.
“Mental health conditions may be more detrimental than physical health conditions, because they are linked with social isolation and exclusion, which are both linked with poor employment and education outcomes,” said Daniel Hale, co-author of the study and a research associate in children’s health policy at University College London. Hale conducted the study with research assistant Leonardo Bevilacqua.
Mental health is tied to behavioral issues which have a great impact on school and work achievements.
“We identified substantially less evidence regarding physical health conditions in teens, so it is difficult to draw firm conclusions about its relative impact,” Hale said.