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TWENTY SIXTH YEAR OF DATA ABOUT YOUNG PEOPLE
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This report, Young People into 2012, is a unique contemporary archive of young people from the Schools Health Education Unit. There are over 100 health-related behaviour questions and answers from over 31,000 youngsters 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 the United Kingdom. The report is the 26th in the series.
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Young People into 2012 ISBN 9781-902445-45-8 148pp
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- In the sample 58% of 14-15 year old females, 51% of 12-13 year old females and 34% of 10-11 year old females 'would like to lose weight'. This compares with 28% of 14-15 year old males, 34% of 12-13 year old males and 25% of 10-11 year old males who 'would like to lose weight'
- 26% of Year 10 females have 'nothing at all to eat for breakfast this morning' and 20% had nothing for lunch on the previous day
- Less fresh fruit and vegetables are eaten as pupils get older and up to 24% report eating 3 portions of fruit and vegetables. 16% of 14-15 yr. olds and 26% of 10-11 yr. olds report eating 5 or more portions of fruit and vegetables 'yesterday'
- Up to 77% drank less than 1 litre of water 'yesterday'
- Up to 22% of the 12-15 year old females, reported feeling 'quite uneasy' or 'very uneasy' on their last visit to the doctor
- 49% of 14-15 year old females report taking painkillers on at least one day during the previous week. There was a positive correlation between worrying about 3 or more topics and taking painkillers
- Bullying - 36% of 10-11 yr. old females feel afraid (at least 'sometimes') of going to school because of bullying. As pupils get older, fewer say their school takes bullying seriously.
- Up to 27% of young people say that safety after dark is 'poor' or 'very poor'
- 18% of 14-15 yr. old females report ever being upset or scared by chat messages online
- Up to 28% never try to avoid sunburn
- Up to 65% of 12-15 year olds live with both parents
- Up to 42% of the sample walk, at least some of the way, to school
- More females than males did homework on the evening before the survey, and they tended to spend longer at it. Around 40% of the 12-15 year old males did no homework at all 'yesterday'
- Up to 80% of males played computer games after school 'yesterday'
- Since the mid-1990s there has been a general decline in the percentage of 14-15 year olds who smoke regularly. Around 96% of 10-11 year olds say they have never smoked. This figure drops to 67% (males) and 61% (females) by the time they are 14-15 years old. Around 36% of 12-15 year olds live in a 'smoky' home.
- Around 44% of the 14-15 year olds are 'fairly sure' or 'certain' that they know a drug user. 11% of 14-15 year olds have mixed drugs and alcohol 'on the same occasion'
- A declining trend report taking cannabis (up to 11% of 14-15 year olds in 2011)
- Up to 18% of 14-15 year olds reported drinking in the 'last seven days'
CHAPTER 6 - Money
- Around 36% of pupils save money and there is a slightly declining trend from around 2005
- Over 90% of the sample of 10-15 year olds report exercising at least on one day 'last week'. Around 70% of all males and 64% of 10-11 year old females report exercising vigorously on 3 or more days
- 61% of 10-11 year old females think they are 'fit' or 'very fit'. This falls to 26% by the time they reach 14-15 years of age
- From 1991 there is an upward trend (10%-25%) of 14-15 year old females that report being 'unfit'
- School exams and tests are a worry for 57% of 14-15 year old females
- Up to 35% of older pupils report enjoying 'most' school lessons
- 69% of 14-15 year old females, compared with 55% of 14-15 year old males, want to continue with full-time education after Year 11
- Statements from the 'Every Child Matters' CHAPTER show a marked difference between the positive responses from primary and secondary pupils e.g. responses to, 'My work is marked so I can see how to improve it' drop from around 90% (10-11 yr.olds) to around 46% (14-15 yr.olds)
- 'Friends' remain an important resource when help is needed with issues about: 'The way you look', 'Problems at home', and ' Relationships with boy/girlfiends'
- Up to 20% of 10-11 year olds report being picked on for 'the way you look'
- Around 26% report being approached by and adult who scared them or made them upset