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dc.contributor.authorWiium, Nora
dc.contributor.authorKristensen, Sara Madeleine
dc.contributor.authorÅrdal, Elisabeth
dc.contributor.authorBøe, Tormod
dc.contributor.authorGaspar de Matos, Margarida
dc.contributor.authorKarhina, Kateryna
dc.contributor.authorLarsen, Torill Marie Bogsnes
dc.contributor.authorUrke, Helga Bjørnøy
dc.contributor.authorWold, Bente
dc.description.abstractIntroduction: Applying variable-centered analytical approaches, several studies have found an association between civic engagement and youth mental health. In the present study, we used a person-centered approach to explore whether civic engagement was related to optimal trajectories of mental health compared to other trajectories. We also examined how sociodemographic factors, such as socioeconomic status (SES), gender and age were related to youth mental health trajectories. Methods: Our sample comprised 675 students (aged 16–22) who had participated in three waves of data collection (Mage = 18.85, SD = 0.55; 43% males) in the COMPLETE project, a cluster-randomized controlled trial that involved Norwegian upper secondary schools. Results: The results revealed three trajectories of mental health (reflecting a combination of mental distress and mental well-being): optimal, intermediate, and sub-optimal. Contrary to our expectations, higher levels of civic engagement were not related to the optimal trajectory of mental health vs. other trajectories. However, we found that students who reported higher levels of SES and males were more likely to follow the optimal trajectory compared to other trajectories. Discussion: While the findings on civic engagement could be due to our measurement’s inability to capture the concept of “dugnad,” a well-established civic activity in the Norwegian society, the findings regarding the influence of SES and gender suggest that there is still more work to be done concerning the assessment and advancement of factors that can address mental health inequalities across SES and gender.en_US
dc.rightsNavngivelse 4.0 Internasjonal*
dc.titleCivic engagement and mental health trajectories in Norwegian youthen_US
dc.typeJournal articleen_US
dc.typePeer revieweden_US
dc.rights.holderCopyright 2023 The Author(s)en_US
dc.source.journalFrontiers in Public Healthen_US
dc.relation.projectNorges forskningsråd: 302225en_US
dc.relation.projectKunnskapsdepartementet: 20161789en_US
dc.identifier.citationFrontiers in Public Health. 2023, 11, 1214141.en_US

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