About this study
The connection between young people's social and anti-social
behaviour, their long-term outcomes and way in which behaviours can
be changed through public intervention are at the core of this
We looked at changes in young people's risky behaviour (smoking, drinking, playing truant or shoplifting) and in their social activities (going out with friends, going to pubs, or doing community work) between the ages of 14 and 16.
We investigated whether changes in one affected changes in the other, and how these behaviours and activities related to school attainment and economic status after compulsory education.
The full report can be downloaded here. You can read a summary of the findings on this site.
Potential policy impact
Public policy is keen to reduce risky behaviour by encouraging
young people to engage in 'positive' social activities, such as
community work or sports.
This research shows that diverting young people away from risky behaviour through social activities may be less likely to succeed than early prevention.
We carried out secondary analysis of the first four waves of the Longitudinal Study of Young People in England (LSYPE) to which participants' GCSE results were appended.