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Health, employment and relationships: Correlates of personal wellbeing in young adults with and without a history of childhood language impairment

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  • Gina Conti-Ramsden
  • Kevin Durkin
  • Pearl L H Mok
  • Umar Toseeb
  • Nicola Botting


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JournalSocial science and medicine
DateAccepted/In press - 6 May 2016
DateE-pub ahead of print - 8 May 2016
DatePublished (current) - Jul 2016
Number of pages9
Pages (from-to)20-28
Early online date8/05/16
Original languageEnglish


OBJECTIVE: We examine the potential associations between self-rated health, employment situation, relationship status and personal wellbeing in young adults with and without a history of language impairment (LI).

METHODS: In total, 172 24-year-olds from the UK participated, with approximately half (N = 84) having a history of LI. Personal wellbeing was measured using ratings from three questions from the Office for National Statistics regarding life satisfaction, happiness and life being worthwhile.

RESULTS: There were similarities between individuals with a history of LI and their age-matched peers in self-rated personal wellbeing. However, regression analyses revealed self-rated health was the most consistent predictor of personal wellbeing for individuals with a history of LI in relation to life satisfaction (21% of variance), happiness (11%) and perceptions that things one does in life are worthwhile (32%). None of the regression analyses were significant for their peers.

CONCLUSIONS: Similarities on ratings of wellbeing by young adults with and without a history of LI can mask heterogeneity and important differences. Young adults with a history of LI are more vulnerable to the effects of health, employment and relationship status on their wellbeing than their peers.

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  • Adult, Chi-Square Distribution, Employment, Female, Health Status, Humans, Language Disorders, Male, Personal Satisfaction, Quality of Life, Regression Analysis, Self Report, Sexual Partners, Surveys and Questionnaires, United Kingdom, Journal Article

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