Trends - Emotional Health and Well-being (including Bullying)

Emotional Health & Well-being (including Bullying) 1983-2003

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The following is a summary of the report written in 2004 by SHEU covering the period 1983-2003

When looking over the figures from twenty years, we find that young people in recent years are...

* less likely to keep problems to themselves, although around 25% of 14-15 year old males still keep family problems and problems with friends to themselves
* less likely to share family problems with a friend, although this option has always been the most popular for older females
* less likely to be bullied as a result of a particular event, although up to 17% of 10-11 year old females report being 'called nasty names, often/every day in the last month'
* less likely to worry about the 'way they look' although it is still reported to be the main problem for around 50% of 14-15 year old females
* less likely to worry about HIV/AIDS (in 1993, 34% of older females worried 'quite a lot/a lot' and in 2003 this figure has reduced to 8%)
* more likely to share school problems with mum and dad, or a teacher or a friend more pupils are getting higher self-esteem scores and 14-15 year old males score the highest
* more likely to worry 'quite a lot/ a lot' about school and career problems - up to 39% (2001) of older females worried about these problems
* more likely to feel in control of their health, with males scoring higher than females
* more likely to feel more satisfied with their lives - 15% more 12-13 year old females report being satisfied 'a lot' (12% in 1995 to 27% in 2003)

...when compared with figures from previous years.


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Please could our College be part of the SHEU survey this academic year? We did it in 2016 and 2017 and found it incredibly informative and it helped us shape our PSHE provision.

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Tribute from a Health Commissioner to John Balding, presented at his retirement lunch, May 2005

Health Commissioner

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"The data from last time were spot-on and we have done lots of work with it. We are very keen to repeat the survey." Headteacher