Increased Instruction Time and Stress-Related Health Problems among School Children

25 Pages Posted: 7 May 2019

See all articles by Jan Marcus

Jan Marcus

German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin)

Simon Reif

Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

Amelie Wuppermann

Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg

Amélie Rouche

Central Institute for Social Insurance

Date Written: May 2019

Abstract

While several studies suggest that stress-related mental health problems among school children are related to specific elements of schooling, empirical evidence on this causal relationship is scarce. We examine a German schooling reform that increased weekly instruction time and study its effects on stress-related outpatient diagnoses from the universe of health claims data of the German Social Health Insurance. Exploiting the differential timing in the reform implementation across states, we show that the reform slightly increased stress-related health problems among school children. While increasing instruction time might increase student performance, it might have adverse effects in terms of additional stress.

Keywords: stress, mental health, instruction time, G8 reform

JEL Classification: I18,I28

Suggested Citation

Marcus, Jan and Reif, Simon and Wuppermann, Amelie and Rouche, Amélie, Increased Instruction Time and Stress-Related Health Problems among School Children (May 2019). DIW Berlin Discussion Paper No. 1802 (2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3383407 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3383407

Jan Marcus (Contact Author)

German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) ( email )

Mohrenstraße 58
Berlin, 10117
Germany
+49(0)3089789308 (Phone)

Simon Reif

Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg ( email )

Lange Gasse 20
Lange Gasse 20,
Nürnberg, 90403
Germany

Amelie Wuppermann

Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg ( email )

Emil-Abderhalden-Str. 7
Halle an der Saale
06099 Halle (Saale), DE Sachsen-Anhalt 06099
Germany

Amélie Rouche

Central Institute for Social Insurance ( email )

Here is the Coronavirus
related research on SSRN

Paper statistics

Downloads
16
Abstract Views
176
PlumX Metrics