Saturday, 26 May 2012

Parent's job loss has 'significant' impact on child's exam results

A study led by a University of Bristol academic found that a child’s educational achievements can be harmed when a father loses his job. Using British Cohort Study data, Professor Paul Gregg studied job losses during the 1980s recession to assess the impact of unemployment on children’s academic performance. The research found that children whose fathers lost their jobs during the 1980s recession obtained an average of half a GCSE or O-level grade less than children whose fathers remained in employment. Professor Gregg also found there was a “small negative effect” on the early employment experiences of people whose fathers had lost their jobs. Professor Gregg said: “At a time of rising unemployment the impact of job loss during a recession on the outcomes of the next generation is highly topical.

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