Study finds that teenage ‘neets’ are scarred for life

Sanderson, D., featuring Feng, Z., Everington, D., Dibben, C. & Ralston, K (2015) Herald Scotland, 27 October 2015 [SLS]

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TEENAGERS who shun education or employment after leaving school risk being scarred for life by the decision, a new study has revealed.

It was found that 16 to 19 year olds who were not in education, employment or training (neets) in 1991 and 2001 suffered from a clear "scarring effect", when researchers who tracked them found they were far less likely to be leading healthy or productive lives years later.

The research, carried out for the Scottish Government, found that in 2011, those who had been neet a decade earlier were almost three times more likely to be unemployed or economically inactive compared to peers who had been learning or with jobs, while their physical and mental health was also significantly poorer.

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