What about Youth? Survey of health behaviours in young people, 2014

On 8 December 2015, the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) published the results from What About YOUth? 2014 (WAY 2014). Public Health England also published the findings in fingertips.  WAY 2014 is a newly established survey designed to collect robust local authority level data on a range of health behaviours amongst 15 year-olds. The HSCIC was commissioned by the Department of Health to run the survey. Data has been collected on smoking, general health, diet, use of free time, physical activity, drinking, emotional wellbeing, drugs and bullying. The smoking findings were released in August 2015 and are included in the Public Health Outcomes Framework and the Local Tobacco Control Profiles.The full report and data tables can be accessed here: http://www.hscic.gov.uk/catalogue/PUB19244

Wellbeing and bullying

  • In London, 52.2% of 15 year olds reported that they thought they were the right size, which was similar to the national average of 52.4%
  •  In London, the mean score for the 14 Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Wellbeing sentences covering a range of feelings and attitudes to life was 47.8, which was significantly higher (better) than the national average of 47.6
  • 26 per cent of young people said they had ever been offered cannabis. 11 per cent of young people said they had ever tried cannabis, including trying cannabis once. Looking at young people overall, 5 per cent had taken cannabis in the last month, 9 per cent had taken it in the last year, and 2 per cent had taken it more than a year ago. ‘In the last year’ includes ‘in the last month’.

The fingertips tool is available here:http://fingertips.phe.org.uk/profile/what-about-youth



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