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The effect of noncognitive traits on health behaviours in adolescence

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Abstract


  • This paper investigates the relationship between personality traits and health behaviours in adolescence using a large and recent cohort study. In particular, we investigate the impact of locus of control, self-esteem and work ethics at ages 15–16 years on the incidence of health behaviours such as alcohol consumption, cannabis and other drug use, unprotected and early sexual activity and sports and physical activity. We use matching methods to control for a very rich set of adolescent and family characteristics, and we find that personality traits do affect health behaviours. In particular, individuals with external locus of control, low self-esteem or with low levels of work ethics seem more likely in engage in risky health behaviours.

Publication Date


  • 2014

Citation


  • Mendolia, S. & Walker, I. (2014). The effect of noncognitive traits on health behaviours in adolescence. Health Economics, 23 (9), 1146-1158.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84906345277

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1486&context=buspapers

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/buspapers/484

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Number Of Pages


  • 12

Start Page


  • 1146

End Page


  • 1158

Volume


  • 23

Issue


  • 9

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom

Abstract


  • This paper investigates the relationship between personality traits and health behaviours in adolescence using a large and recent cohort study. In particular, we investigate the impact of locus of control, self-esteem and work ethics at ages 15–16 years on the incidence of health behaviours such as alcohol consumption, cannabis and other drug use, unprotected and early sexual activity and sports and physical activity. We use matching methods to control for a very rich set of adolescent and family characteristics, and we find that personality traits do affect health behaviours. In particular, individuals with external locus of control, low self-esteem or with low levels of work ethics seem more likely in engage in risky health behaviours.

Publication Date


  • 2014

Citation


  • Mendolia, S. & Walker, I. (2014). The effect of noncognitive traits on health behaviours in adolescence. Health Economics, 23 (9), 1146-1158.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84906345277

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1486&context=buspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/buspapers/484

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 12

Start Page


  • 1146

End Page


  • 1158

Volume


  • 23

Issue


  • 9

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom