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The effects of social service contact on teenagers in England

Henderson, Morag, Scourfield, Jonathan ORCID:, Cheung, Sin Yi ORCID:, Sharland, Elaine and Sloan, Luke ORCID: 2016. The effects of social service contact on teenagers in England. Research on Social Work Practice 26 (4) , pp. 386-398. 10.1177/1049731514557363

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Objective: This study investigated outcomes of social service contact during teenage years. Methods: Secondary analysis was conducted of the Longitudinal Survey of Young People in England (n=15,770), using data on reported contact with social services resulting from teenagers’ behavior. Outcomes considered were educational achievement and aspiration, mental health, and locus of control. Inverse-probability-weighted regression adjustment was used to estimate effect of social service contact. Results: There was no significant difference between those who received social service contact and those who did not for mental health outcome or aspiration to apply to university. Those with contact had lower odds of achieving good exam results or of being confident in university acceptance if sought. Results for locus of control were mixed. Conclusions: Attention is needed to the role of social services in supporting the education of young people in difficulty. Further research is needed on the outcomes of social services contact.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Additional Information: First published [online]on November 5, 2014 as doi:10.1177/1049731514557363. Postprint uploaded in accordance with publisher policy at [accessed 06/11/14]
Publisher: SAGE Publications (UK and US)
ISSN: 1049-7315
Funders: Nuffield Foundation
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Date of Acceptance: 6 October 2014
Last Modified: 17 Nov 2023 19:06

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