Behavioural and emotional problems in children and educational outcomes: A dynamic panel data analysis

Khanam, Rasheda and Nghiem, Son (2017) Behavioural and emotional problems in children and educational outcomes: A dynamic panel data analysis. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research. ISSN 0894-587X


This study investigates the effects of behavioural and emotional problems in children on their educational outcomes using data from the Longitudinal Survey of Australian Children (LSAC). We contribute to the extant literature using a dynamic specification to test the hypothesis of knowledge accumulation. Further, we apply the system generalised method of moments (GMM) estimator to minimise biases due to unobserved factors. We find that mental disorders in children has a negative effect onthe National Assessment Program—Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) test scores. Among all mental disorders, having emotional problems is found to be the most influential with one standard deviation (SD) increase in emotional problems being associated with 0.05 SD reduction in NAPLAN reading, writing and spelling; 0.04 SD reduction in matrix reasoning and grammar; and 0.03 SD reduction in NAPLAN numeracy.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published online 11 Nov 2017. Permanent restricted access to ArticleFirst version in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Commerce
Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2018 06:33
Last Modified: 08 May 2018 01:55
Uncontrolled Keywords: mental disorder; Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) scores; System GMM; human capital; education; children; Australia
Fields of Research : 14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140208 Health Economics
14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140204 Economics of Education
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1007/s10488-017-0837-7

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