As part of a longitudinal study into health behaviour and accident occurrence in school-age children (GUS) the Research Centre of Demographic Change (FZDW) at the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences annually surveys 10,000 pupils from 14 federal states in approximately 150 secondary schools. Year 7 pupils were questioned in the 2016/17 academic year, on the length of their journey to school and the mode of transport used. The findings showed that young people with a long journey to school were ‘significantly more likely to suffer from mental health problems’. As a consequence the researchers from the FZDW appealed for school children to be included in debates surrounding commuter stress and for the closure of many schools to be reviewed.
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