The effects of social service contact on teenagers in England

Henderson, Morag, Cheung, Sin-Yi, Scourfield, Jonathan and Sharland, Elaine (2014) The effects of social service contact on teenagers in England. Research on Social Work Practice. ISSN 1049-7315

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Objective: This study investigated outcomes of social service contact during teenage years.

Method: 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 the 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
Keywords: Social services; England; teenagers; mental health; educational outcomes.
Schools and Departments: School of Education and Social Work > Social Work and Social Care
Subjects: H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology > HV0040 Social service. Social work. Charity organization and practice Including social case work, private and public relief, institutional care, rural social work, work relief
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Depositing User: Pascale Fanning-Tichborne
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2015 15:32
Last Modified: 13 Mar 2017 21:50

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