Special Issue Paper
THE EFFECT OF NONCOGNITIVE TRAITS ON HEALTH BEHAVIOURS IN ADOLESCENCE
Article first published online: 27 MAR 2014
Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Special Issue: European and Australasian Econometrics and Health Economics Workshop papers
Volume 23, Issue 9, pages 1146–1158, September 2014
How to Cite
2014), THE EFFECT OF NONCOGNITIVE TRAITS ON HEALTH BEHAVIOURS IN ADOLESCENCE, Health Econ., 23, pages 1146–1158, doi: 10.1002/hec.3043and (
- Issue published online: 19 AUG 2014
- Article first published online: 27 MAR 2014
- Manuscript Accepted: 30 JAN 2014
- Manuscript Revised: 19 NOV 2013
- Manuscript Received: 29 MAY 2013
- locus of control;
- health behaviours
This paper investigates the relationship between personality traits and health behaviours in adolescence using a large and recent cohort study. In particular, we investigate the impact of locus of control, self-esteem and work ethics at ages 15–16 years 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, low self-esteem or with low levels of work ethics seem more likely in engage in risky health behaviours. Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.