CitationLee, Kristen Schultz & Yang, Yulin (2022). Educational attainment and emotional well-being in adolescence and adulthood. SSM - Mental Health. vol. 2
AbstractEducation has been conceptualized as a causal factor leading to emotional well-being. However, it is also possible that some of the effect of education may be due to selection factors. Analyzing data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health (n = 10,908), we asked: to what extent does educational attainment increase emotional well-being once stable observed and unobserved individual characteristics are accounted for? Findings from fixed effects models showed that attaining a college degree was associated with greater emotional well-being. However, interactions with gender indicate that the positive association with emotional well-being is primarily for women, although a small negative association between completing college and depressive affect was found for men. These findings point to unmeasured confounding factors as motivating some of the association between educational attainment and emotional well-being among adolescents and adults.
Reference TypeJournal Article
Journal TitleSSM - Mental Health
Author(s)Lee, Kristen Schultz