The Mail is reporting that a new study claims young people are turning to smoking and drinking because they hate their hometown…
It found that a fifth of young people start smoking and drinking due to dissatisfaction with the place they live, despite and overall downward trend for these behaviours in the UK and the US.
The study revealed young people said they felt unhappy with their relationships, family, friends, school and personal appearance, as well as the place they lived.
Those who reported being unhappy said they were more likely to suffer from headaches or sicknesses and saw themselves as people who ‘weren’t very nice’.
They also said they were more likely to lose their tempers easily, spend more time alone and find themselves easily distracted or being bullied by their peers.
Researchers also found almost seven per cent of those interviewed were classified as having an ‘abnormal psychiatric state’.
As part of the study, researchers asked 4,427 people aged between 10 and 15 years about behaviours related to their health, such as smoking and drinking, and their levels of happiness.
Dr Ivy Shiue, of Heriot-Watt University, in Scotland, said young people who are unhappy turn to behaviours that damage their health to cope with their dissatisfaction.
She said: ‘Our study showed that one in five adolescents was unhappy living in their home towns and as a result turned to potentially destructive behaviours that damage their health.
‘They also tended to have a negative vision of their future and found it difficult to address challenges and stresses in their lives such as going to school, applying for jobs and making new friends.’
Wellbeing courses that support physical health, positive relationships and education should be included in school curriculums and teacher training in order to help young people, she suggested…
Hmmmm… am I missing something or is this stating the bleeding obvious in the sense that bored, disgruntled teenagers are likely to turn to smoking and drinking? Although the comment “..one in five adolescents was unhappy living in their home towns and as a result [my emphasis] turned to potentially destructive behaviours” seems to be a rather overly-definitive conclusion. Your thoughts? Please share in the comments or via Twitter…
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