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Parents' Education Affects Kids' Mental Health

By February 3, 2012

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A new study published in the Journal of Social Science and Medicine suggests that parents' education levels have an affect on their children's' mental health. The study used 29 years of data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth and found that more parental education meant fewer mental health issues for their adult children. This association can partly be attributed to the fact that parents with more education tend to have children with more education and better paying jobs themselves, which leads to lower rates of depression and anxiety. These findings suggest that intergenerational cycles of low socioeconomic status and poor mental health could be broken with the help of policies aimed at increasing educational opportunities for all, regardless of social background. Read more about the study and what the findings suggest.


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