A study on social and emotional skills by the OECD

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has launched a study on the social and emotional skills of young people to help cities and countries improve social and emotional skills amongst school-aged children and young people.


The study puts an emphasis on the role of cities, as we are seeing significant movement of people towards cities, generating profound impacts on lifestyles, housing, transport and employment.

These fast-paced urban environments are particularly stressful for children and young people. They have a great impact in the transition into adult life, job satisfaction, mental and physical health or general well-being, to name a few.

The study also includes some interesting outcomes. For example, it shows that young people with strong social and emotional skills are more likely to live longer and have better grades, higher income and better jobs. They are also less likely to commit violent and criminal acts.

As a result, the OECD encourages cities and countries to participate in the study to gain an in-depth understanding of how young people’s social and emotional development can vary depending on gender, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, migration background and other factors relevant to their regions.

The study began in 2017 and will be carried out over a three-year period. For more information, contact the OECD or follow this link.

Erika Branca