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Mental health, well-being and school leaving

Schembri, Antoinette

Early school leaving is a global problem which is very worrying. It can be found in all the countries over the world, even in big economies like the US (Wiliam, 2018, p. 5). Research has shown that high school dropout rates are not only common in the US but that this is a problem of many other countries (Smith & Thomson, 2014). This is also a phenomenon of the European Union where countries on the Mediterranean littoral and in the East, are the most prone to this problem. A high rate of early school leaving has vast implications on the future of the country itself. There are economic, social, educational and also health repercussions to be faced later on. Wiliam (2018) cites the problem of the US, where those who are early school leavers earn less than college graduates. This in turn, leads to a lifetime of poverty.

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