The TES is reporting that the latest research has found a rise in girls’ unhappiness in the UK compared to the previous years.
Report comes as research shows nursery school children worry about being ‘fat’ and ‘ugly’. Girls are becoming increasingly distressed, with more than a quarter of a million girls now saying they are unhappy with their lives, according to new research.
The Good Childhood Report, produced by The Children’s Society and the University of York, highlights a growing gender gap in children’s experience of life. It estimates that 14 per cent of girls aged 10 to 15 are unhappy with their lives as a whole compared to 11 per cent five years’ ago. During the same period, the proportion of boys who are unhappy has remained stable at 11 per cent.
Matthew Reed, chief executive of The Children’s Society, said: “It is desperately worrying that so many of our young people are suffering rather than thriving. Girls are having a particularly tough time and it’s clear that concerted action is needed to tackle this problem.”
The report calls for the government to make it a legal entitlement for children to be able to access mental health support in schools and colleges.
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