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Release: Measuring National Well-being, Children and Young People's Well-being in the UK, October 2015

Released: 20 October 2015
  • 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.

This release presents the latest findings on children's and young people's well-being. The findings complement the national measures by focusing on specific sub-groups of the population. The measures are presented within the same framework (using 7 of the 10 "domains") as the national measures but they are focused on what is important to children or young people specifically.

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, presented in 2 reference tables. These tables are each supplemented by a summary highlighting the main findings from the latest data.

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.

Content from the Office for National Statistics.
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