Johnson, Moira P. (2018). Early-life non-cognitive resources and health behaviors in young adulthood. Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America.
Early life non-cognitive resources (such as self-esteem, conscientiousness, and positive outlook) have been widely shown to predict important life outcomes, particularly job and educational attainments in adulthood. More recently, attention has focused on the significance of these soft-skills for health outcomes. This paper tests life course mechanisms for the role of adolescent and young adult non-cognitive resources on health behaviors in young adulthood. Findings indicate that certain non-cognitive resources operate on young adult health behaviors indirectly via young adult resources, while others continue to exert an independent effect on young adult outcomes after accounting for contemporaneous resources. Findings also demonstrate that experiencing significant change in psychosocial resources across the early life course can affect health behavior outcomes independently of baseline resources. Non-cognitive resources represent an important point for interventions among adolescents and young adults, with implications for future health.
early life non-cognitive resources self-esteem conscientiousness positive outlook
Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America
Health and mortality 1
Johnson, Moira P.
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