The impact of health and health behaviours on educational outcomes in high-income countries:
a review of the evidence
Carmen de Paz Nieves, Fundación Ideas, Madrid, Spain
WHO Regional Office for Europe -
Available online PDF file [48p.] at: http://bit.ly/giHFXO
“…..Education and health are known to be highly correlated – that is, more education indicates better health and vice versa – but the actual mechanisms driving this correlation are unknown. The effect of health on education has been well researched in developing countries, as has the effect of education on health in both developing and industrialized countries. Such imbalance could signal lack of attention not only in research but also in the public policy debate.
While children in developing countries face more serious health challenges than those in industrialized ones, the potentially relevant effect of health on their educations (and perhaps on labour force participation) cannot be ruled out.
The analytical framework we used to guide our research posits a path leading from health behaviours (e.g. smoking) and health conditions (e.g. asthma) to educational attainment (level of education) and educational performance (e.g. grades). We searched literature in the fi elds of health, socioeconomic research, and education and ultimately narrowed our selected publications to 53, all of them based in countries belonging to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development……..
2. The association between education and health
3. From health to education: a conceptual framework
Health outcomes and conditions
Mediating factors and educational outcomes
External or control factors affecting both health and education
Impact of health on future prospects through education and intergenerational transmission of inequalities
4. Search methodology
5. Results of the literature review
Selected summary statistics
Impact of health-related behaviours and risk factors on educational outcomes: detailed findings
Impact of health conditions on educational outcomes: detailed findings
Annex 1. Online databases used
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