Kelly Morgan – Cardiff University
The school holidays can create extra financial pressures for low income families. Additional money is often needed to cover the absence of free school meals, childcare costs and the cost of activities on offer to young people.
Using data collected from Secondary school students aged 11-16 when undertaking the SHRN student health and Well-being survey to analyse family, influences and experiences during the summer holidays (hunger, loneliness, time with friends, physical activity and mental well-being).
During the summer holidays, children from poorer families were more likely to report; loneliness, hunger, less time spent with friends and lower physical activities. These summer holiday experiences were related to poorer mental health and wellbeing upon return to school.
This work can be used to inform and highlights that programmes during the school holidays may have a role to play in reducing socioeconomic inequalities in mental health and well-being. Click here to read the full article.