Optimizing youth’s potential for societal participation, health, and wellbeing
In the Netherlands, we presume that everyone can be and become what they want to be, and lead a happy, healthy, and productive life. Compared to most other countries, the Netherlands perform well in many measures of welfare and wellbeing. Our country ranks top in income, housing, health status, safety and education. Despite these opportunities, social economic status (SES) differences are still substantial and relate to differences in health and wellbeing among young people. Why do some young people succeed in developing their potential and talent, while others do not?