CitationBallard, Parissa; Hoyt, Lindsay; & Pachucki, Mark (2019). Impacts of Adolescent and Young Adult Civic Engagement on Health and Socioeconomic Status in Adulthood. Child Development. vol. 90 (4) pp. 1138-1154
AbstractThe present study examines links between civic engagement (voting, volunteering, and activism) during late adolescence and early adulthood, and socioeconomic status and mental and physical health in adulthood. Using nationally representative data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health, a propensity score matching approach is used to rigorously estimate how civic engagement is associated with outcomes among 9,471 adolescents and young adults (baseline M-age = 15.9). All forms of civic engagement are positively associated with subsequent income and education level. Volunteering and voting are favorably associated with subsequent mental health and health behaviors, and activism is associated with more health-risk behaviors and not associated with mental health. Civic engagement is not associated with physical health.
NotesISI Document Delivery No.: IJ5RB Times Cited: 3 Cited Reference Count: 80 Ballard, Parissa J. Hoyt, Lindsay T. Pachucki, Mark C. Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) [UA6MC27378]; Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development [P01-HD31921] This research was supported in part by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under a Cooperative Agreement UA6MC27378 for the Adolescent and Young Adult Health Research Network. This information or content and conclusions are those of the authors and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by, HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. We would like to thank the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for their financial support. We would like to thank Kara Rudolph for fielding analytical questions and sharing R code for generating Figure 1. This research uses data from Add Health, a program project directed by Kathleen Mullan Harris and designed by J. Richard Udry, Peter S. Bearman, and Kathleen Mullan Harris at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and funded by Grant P01-HD31921 from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, with cooperative funding from 23 other federal agencies and foundations. Special acknowledgment is due to Ronald R. Rindfuss and Barbara Entwisle for assistance in the original design. Information on how to obtain the Add Health data files is available on the Add Health website (http://www.cpc.unc.edu/addhealth).No direct support was received from Grant P01-HD31921 for this analysis. 3 1 Wiley Hoboken 1467-8624
Reference TypeJournal Article
Journal TitleChild Development