Teen Mental Health Needs Income Parity

Teenagers’ mental health does best when they are earning similar incomes to their peers, according to a recent study. Research by the University of Southern California which collected data from 12,449 teen-parent pairs living in China found that those who thought they earned less than their peers experienced more stress or depression, but that the effect plateaued at parity and did not result in higher happiness with a higher income. The effects of income also correlated with health issues such as smoking. For HR practitioners, this research may suggest that consistency in pay scales is beneficial for junior or after-school staff. Source


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