School kids unhappier than before

Every third schoolgirl has been unhappy recently

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.