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UK kids in Scouts-Guides have better mental health at age 50

November 18, 2016
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Britain's Queen Elizabeth attends the review of the National Parade of Queen's Scouts with chief scout Bear Grylls (L) at Windsor Castle near London April 29, 2012. The Queen is Patron of the Scout Association. (Reuters Health) – - The mental health benefits of participation in childhood scouting activities might last for decades, a new study suggests. In the middle-aged study participants, mood and happiness tended to range in association with childhood social position – but not for grown-ups who had been in the Scouts-Guides program when they were young, researchers found. “Scout or Guide membership appears to almost completely remove the inequality in mental health (aged 50) associated with early life economic disadvantage,” said lead author Chris Dibben of the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. “Given the difficulty governments around the world have in tackling health inequalities, we think any evidence of substantial impact is significant,” Dibben told Reuters Health by email. The Scout Association provides active, outdoor, social activities for young people, male and female, age six to 25 in the U.K. Girlguiding is a similar program, and the largest girls only youth program in the U.K. For the new study, the researchers focused...

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