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Younger and Dissatisfied? Relative Age and Life-satisfaction in Adolescence
28-02-2019 | STATEC


The scientific literature has found evidence that age differences between classmates are disadvantageous for the youngest students in a class. For example, youngest students are characterized by lower educational performance, they are more likely to be misdiagnosed with attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder, have lower self-esteem, and are more frequently bullied. Based on this background, a study co-written by STATEC Research, assesses whether the youngest students in a class suffer from lower life-satisfaction. It analyses data on students between 10 and 16 years of age, and find evidence that the youngest students suffer from lower life-satisfaction than their older classmates.