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This project aims at finding out the factors on individual, school and municipal levels which predict adolescent’s successful progress and well-being during lower secondary school, successful transition to upper secondary studies, and fluent continuation of studies towards adulthood. In this project, the progress of adolescents' know-how, motivation and well-being during lower secondary education, the transition to upper secondary education, and their continuation and progress in these studies during the first year. More specific research subjects are learning to learn (know-how and learning attitudes), well-being (health, strengths and difficulties, social relations, health behavior), and their mutual interaction and their connection to successfully onward-going studies through lower secondary school and transition to upper secondary schools. Special attention will be paid to students whose school path goes off at the end of comprehensive school or right after the beginning of upper secondary studies.

Main research questions are:

1. What explains different kinds of progress paths during lower secondary school?

2. What factors have impact on who will apply for general upper secondary school, who for vocational upper secondary school, and who will not apply for any school?    

3. What factors will predict adolescent’s commitment to his/her upper secondary studies and the progress in them?

4. Are they individual, school or municipal level factors that make adolescents to choose education organized by neighboring municipality and not the nearest one?

This project is a continuation to the project "Adolescents’ transition from lower secondary school to upper secondary schools in the Helsinki Metropolitan Region: know-how, motivation and well-being".



  • Minkkinen, J., Lindfors, P., Kinnunen, J., Finell, E., Vainikainen, M-P., Karvonen, S., & Rimpelä A. (2017). Health as a predictor of students’ academic achievement: a 3-level longitudinal study of Finnish adolescents. Journal of School Health, 87(12), 902–910.
  • Lindfors, P., Minkkinen, J., Rimpelä A., & R. Hotulainen (2017). Family and school social capital, school burnout and academic achievement: a multilevel longitudinal analysis among Finnish pupils. International Journal of Adolescence and Youth, 1-14.
  • Salmela-Aro, J. K, Reed, S., Minkkinen, J., Kinnunen, J., & Rimpelä A. (2017). Immigrant status, gender, and school burnout in Finnish lower secondary school students: A longitudinal study. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 1–12.

Research team:

University of Helsinki: Centre for Educational Assessment, professor Jarkko Hautamäki, specialist Sirkku Kupiainen, project manager Mari-Pauliina Vainikainen ja assistant professor Risto Hotulainen.

University of Tampere: School of Health Sciences, professor Arja Rimpelä, university lecturer Pirjo Lindfors, researcher Jaana M. Kinnunen, researcher Jaana Minkkinen, research assistant Lasse Pere.

National Institute for Health and Welfare: Research professor Sakari Karvonen, chief specialist Timo Ståhl.

Funded by Academy of Finland

Duration: September 2015 - August 2019

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