The happiness of this country’s children is in decline, with teenagers experiencing particularly low well-being according to research published today (22 July) by The Children’s Society.
The charity’s Good Childhood Report 2013 highlights a period of rising well-being (children’s happiness and satisfaction with their lives) between 1994 and 2008. But this stalled – and may have begun to decline – in recent years.
And younger teenagers have lower well-being than other age groups, the report finds. They are less likely to be happy about school, their appearance and the amount of choice and freedom they have.
Teenagers aged 14 and 15 are particularly affected as they have the lowest life satisfaction of all children, according to the report. Fourteen to fifteen percent of this age group were found to have low well-being, compared to just 4 percent of eight year olds.
But The Children’s Society warns that we should not dismiss the drop in well-being in the early teens as a normal and inevitable part of growing up…