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Teenage years are the most unhappy, new research finds

Published: 24.07.13

Teenagers aged 14 and 15 have the lowest levels of life satisfaction of all children according to research by The Children’s Society.
Teenage years are the most unhappy, new research finds

The Children's Society's second annual Good Childhood Report shows that children’s happiness and satisfaction levels overall have continued to stall following a rise from 1994 to 2008.

Forty-two thousand children aged eight to 17 were surveyed on factors including their families' financial situation, health, education, behaviour, housing,sense of independence and their relationships with friends and family.

Children with low well-being are over 20 times less likely than other children to feel safe at home, eight times more likely to say that their family does not get along well together and five times more likely to report having recently been bullied. The amount of harmony, support and parental control within families all have a significant impact on children's well-being.

Matthew Reed, Chief Executive of The Children's Society, said:

"The well-being of our future generation in the UK is critical. So it is incredibly worrying that any improvements this country has seen in children's well-being over the last two decades appear to have stalled.

"These startling findings show that we should be paying particular attention to improving the happiness of this country's teenagers. These findings clearly show that we can't simply dismiss their low well-being as inevitable 'teen grumpiness'. They are facing very real problems we can all work to solve, such as not feeling safe at home, being exposed to family conflict or being bullied.

'It is so important that we all, from governments to professionals to parents,talk, listen and take seriously what children and teenagers are telling us."

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Read the full Good Childhood Report on the Children's Society Website