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School kids unhappier than before

Every third schoolgirl has been unhappy recently

Every third school girl aged 11-15 is unhappy at least once a week (photo: iStock)
April 9th, 2015 10:21 am| by Christian W

More school children are unhappy these days compared to previous years, according to the child welfare report Skolebørnsundersøgelsen, which is published every fourth year.

The results of Skolebørnsundersøgelsen 2014, which will be presented today, showed that more children aged 11-15 have felt unhappy lately.

“If we look at the overall results, it can be concluded that most Danish 11 to 15-year-old students are doing well,” the report found.

“But as the report indicates, there is always a large minority of students who are struggling physically or mentally and have inappropriate health behaviour.”

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Girls struggling more
The trend is particularly prevalent among girls. Every third girl said she was unhappy at least once a week. Among the boys, it was every fifth.

The report (here in Danish) – which documents the physical health, mental health, social relations, school welfare and health behaviour of the children – makes up the Danish contribution to the international research project Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC), a WHO cross-national survey.

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Ultimately, the report aims to:

– Create better insight into how young people in this age group interpret their health and well-being

– Create better insight into how health, well-being and health behaviour are connected internally and with other conditions in the lives of the students, such as social relations, family life, school life and general living conditions

– To provide a general overview of children and youth health, health behaviour and well-being and the development of these issues over time

– To produce and present new knowledge that can be utilised in health-promoting work among children and young