Children at risk: the school environment, mental ill-health and delinquency
In this project two of the most discussed social problems among young people in Sweden today are explored – namely young people’s wellbeing and criminality. In addition to mapping the extent of these problems and individual risk factors, we will pay special attention to the impact of the school environment.
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Manager: Johan Fritzell
Period: 2010-01-01 -
Funded by: Stockholm City
Project members: Jenny Eklund (CHESS), Jenny Freidenfelt Liljeberg (CHESS) (2010), Gabriella Olsson (CHESS), Johan Rehnberg (CHESS)
Description of the project
A central arena for young people's welfare, here and now but also for future adult life is undoubtedly the school. Children and young people spend much of their waking time in this institution, and it thus seems reasonable to assume that school plays an important role in young people’s life. The school is an institution for learning, but schools are also of importance when we want to understand the conditions under which young people live. The school environment is not only of importance for learning and school performance, but also for the development of values, norms, behaviours and social skills.
The main aim of this project is to, by focusing on the school's structural characteristics and social environment, contribute to a better understanding of the causes of mental ill-health (e.g. headaches, stomach pain, anxiety), health related behaviours (such as alcohol consumption), and delinquency among young people. We will focus on school characteristics such as average school marks, but also on school properties that are more clearly linked to residential segregation such as parents’ level of education and proportion of students with a foreign background. Our first ambition is to study how the prevalence of mental ill-health, health related behaviours and delinquency varies between schools with different structural characteristics. We will also seek to study how school structural characteristics are related to these problem behaviours. In other words we are interested in the mechanisms behind this school variation. Moreover, we will focus on the role of gender differences, an area which has been largely neglected within adolescence research on delinquency and mental health problems.
October 25, 2012
Page editor: Ylva Brännström Almquist
Source: Centre for Health Equity Studies (CHESS)