The Effect of Non-Cognitive Traits on Health Behaviours in Adolescence
AbstractThis paper investigates the relationship between personality traits in adolescence and health behaviours using a large and recent cohort study. In particular, we investigate the impact of locus of control, self-esteem and conscientiousness at age 15-16, 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, or with low self-esteem, or with low levels of conscientiousness are more likely to engage in health-risky behaviours.
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Length: 30 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2013
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Publication status: forthcoming in: Health Economics, 2014
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This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2013-04-06 (All new papers)
- NEP-CBE-2013-04-06 (Cognitive & Behavioural Economics)
- NEP-HEA-2013-04-06 (Health Economics)
- NEP-NEU-2013-04-06 (Neuroeconomics)
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