Measuring national well-being, children and young people’s well-being in the UK, October 2015

Measuring national well-being, children and young people’s well-being in the UK, October 2015 This release presents the latest findings on children’s and young people’s well-being. There are 31 measures of well-being for children aged under 16 years, and 28 measures of well-being for young people aged 16 to 24 years. The children’s measures of well-being are also accompanied by an in-depth analysis of children’s mental health as an aspect of well-being.

Around three-quarters of children (aged 10 to 15) rated their happiness yesterday as high or very high, and four-fifths rated their life satisfaction as high or very high in 2014.

  • Over 80% of young people (aged 16 to 24) rated their life satisfaction as high or very high in 2014 to 2015.
  • There were 1 in 8 children aged 10 to 15 who reported symptoms of mental ill-health in 2011 to 2012, as measured by a high or very high total difficulties score.
  • Being bullied was strongly related to mental ill-health; children who were bullied frequently were 4 times more likely to report a high or very high score in 2011 to 2012.

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