TWENTY EIGHTH YEAR OF DATA ABOUT YOUNG PEOPLE
Example pages : Want to lose weight
Up to 32% 10-15 yr old boys want to lose weight
Example pages : Bullying
12-15 year olds 10-11 year olds
14-15 yr olds and links between behaviours and characteristics
Example page : Perceptions of drinking water
78% of 14-15 yr old females report drinking less than 1 litre of water 'yesterday'
Example page : Perceptions of fitness
66% of 10-11 year old females think they are 'fit' or 'very fit'. This falls to 25% by the time they reach 14-15 years of age
Example page : Perceptions of drugs
As pupils get older fewer think that cannabis is 'always unsafe' and the 'safe if used properly' response being strongly associated with actual use
Revealed: how pressures of online life undermine teenage girls’ self-esteem : The Observer, Sunday 9 November 2014
Social media blamed for crisis of confidence in British schoolgirls : The Telegraph
Survey shows steep drop in girls’ self-esteem : The Day etc. etc.
This report, Young People into 2014, is a "unique contemporary archive" of young people from the Schools Health Education Unit (SHEU). Each year, since 1977, SHEU carry out healthy lifestyle surveys with young people and, in 2013, this involved over 58,000 youngsters. This report contains over 100 health-related behaviour questions and answers from over 30,000 pupils between the ages of 10 and 15. They tell us about what they do at home, at school, and with their friends. The data have been collected from primary and secondary schools across England. The report is the 28th in the series.
What's new and different in Young People into 2014?
Some of the differences are not new – they are continuations of trends that we have seen going on for some time.
Dr David Regis, Research Manager of the Schools Health Education Unit, says,
“We saw a peak of young people's use of tobacco, alcohol and cannabis in the mid-1990s, and since then there has been a general decline in use. We have seen a shift too in their perceptions of the dangers of cannabis. Whether they have been deterred from experimentation by good drugs education or have been attracted to other pastimes – perhaps online – we cannot tell from these figures, but it's good news regardless."
“We have always been concerned about the emotional wellbeing of young people. A while ago we took stock of young people's emotional wellbeing as seen in our figures (SHEU, 2005). At the time, we were fairly sanguine, as we thought that, while different worries came and went, young people's self-esteem was holding up well and even increasing. We suspect that this is no longer the case: the data series shows a peak in the percentage of Year 10 females scoring in the highest bracket of self-esteem scores in 2007, but the figures in that group have since declined (see p.96).”
Chart: Percentage of young people scoring in highest bracket of self-esteem scores,1985-2013, SHEU aggregate figures, by age and sex