Unemployed, Not in School Youth Susceptible to Mental Health Problems

A new UK study finds that young people who are not employed, or not in an educational setting or receiving vocational training (NEET), are vulnerable to mental health problems, despite a strong work ethic.

Researchers from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King’s College London, Duke University and the University of California say that the current generation of young people face the worst job prospects in decades.

Researchers used the Environmental Risk (E-Risk) Longitudinal Twin Study, as they assessed commitment to work, mental health problems, and substance use disorders in more than 2,000 British young people transitioning from compulsory schooling to early adulthood at the age of 18.

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