Evaluating the Healthy Minds program: The impact on adolescent’s health related quality of life of a change in a school curriculum

Thursday 16 January 2020, 2.00PM to 3.00pm

Speaker(s): Alistair McGuire, Department of Health Policy, LSE

Abstract: We examine, through a randomised trial, the impact of an evidenced based health related quality of life (HRQoL) curriculum called Healthy Minds that ran in 34 high schools in England over a four-year period. We find robust evidence that Healthy Minds positively augments many physical health domains of treated adolescents. We also find some evidence that Healthy Minds positively affects behaviour, but has no impact on emotional wellbeing. We find notable gender effects, strongly favouring boys. We also present evidence that Healthy Minds changes career aspirations, with those exposed to treatment being less likely to choose competitive work and more likely to choose work that involves “people-skills”. Overall our work illustrates the potential for later childhood interventions to promote HRQoL and develop the career aspirations of adolescents.

Location: Room ARC/014, The Professor Alan Maynard Auditorium

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If you are not a member of University of York staff and are interested in attending the seminar, please contact Kerry.atkinson@york.ac.uk so that we can ensure we have sufficient space

CHE Seminar Programme

  • Thursday 6 February
    Catia Nicodemo,
    Centre for Health Service Economics and Organisation, University of Oxford
  • Thursday 5 March 
    Luke Munford, The University of Manchester
  • Thursday 2 April
    Katharina Hauck,
    Imperial College London
  • Monday 4 May
    Stirling Bryan, University of British Columbia
  • Friday 12 June
    Neil Davies, University of Bristol
  • Thursday 2 July
    Rachel Meacock, The University of Manchester
  • Thursday 3 September 
    Evan Kontopantelis, The University of Manchester
  • Thursday 1 October
    Werner Brouwer, Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • Thursday 5 November
    Marisa Miraldo,
    Imperial College
  • Thursday 3 December 
    Marie Sanderson, LSHTM

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