Health and well-being in young people

The Department of Health has recently published a report on the health and well-being of year 10 secondary school pupils in England.

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The report, entitled ‘Longitudinal Study of Young People in England cohort 2: health and wellbeing at wave 2’, surveyed pupils in 2005 and 2014 and compared the results.

Marked differences were noted, with 2014 pupils appearing to be more serious, with greater educational aspirations, as more and more are going to college and university. They were also less likely to be involved in crime and other risky behaviours, such as smoking and drinking alcohol.

However, pupils in 2014 were also more likely to experience anxiety and ill mental health.

Read the full report

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