Key Points of Study:
Question What are the educational achievements at the final examination of compulsory schooling in Denmark among individuals with or without a mental disorder?
Findings In this nationwide cohort study of 629 622 individuals, 52% of those with a mental disorder took the final examination compared with 88% of those without a mental disorder. Students with a mental disorder who took the examination attained considerably lower grades on the examination.
Meaning The findings of this study suggest that a mental disorder in childhood or adolescence is associated with lower educational achievements and that additional educational support for these individuals may be needed.
Dalsgaard S et al., Association of Mental Disorder in Childhood and Adolescence With Subsequent Educational Achievement. JAMA Psychiatry 77(8):797-805 (2020).