Scouts and guides provide ‘mental health boost for life’

People who were in the scouts or guides in childhood have better mental health in later life, a study suggests.

Analysis of a study of 10,000 people found ex-members were 15% less likely than other adults to suffer anxiety or mood disorders at the age of 50.

Researchers believe it could be the lessons in resilience and resolve that such organisations offer that has a lasting positive impact.

The researchers were from Edinburgh and Glasgow universities.

They looked at data from a lifelong study of almost 10,000 people from across the UK who were born in November 1958, known as the National Child Development Study.

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