Positive youth development

This research will explore the impact that childhood participation Scouts, Guides and similar organisations can have in later life.

Our research

The aims of this project are to examine, using the Aberdeen Children of the 1950s study (ACONF) linked to prescribing data for medicines for mental health, whether childhood participation in Scouts, Guides and other similar organisations:

  • Is independently associated with better mental health at age 50
  • Reduces inequalities in adult mental health associated with early life socioeconomic position

Data this research aims to link and analyse

  • Aberdeen Children of the 1950s study (ACONF)
  • Prescribing data / Prescribing Information System records

Research team

Professor Chris Dibben, Lee Williamson, Lynne Forrest and Laurie Berrie, University of Edinburgh, Scottish Centre for Administrative Data Research

Publications and outputs

Data Insights - Oct 2020

When publications or outputs are available, they will be shared here. For more information about this project, please contact us.