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Study: Children in UK less happy than a decade ago

There has been a decline in happiness among children living in the UK in the last decade.

The yearly Good Childhood Report of the UK-based Christian charity, The Children’s Society,  revealed that approximately 6 percent of the children in the UK are not happy with their lives and approximately 12 percent of the children are unhappy with their school.

Moreover, the study also found that girls are more unhappy about their appearance in comparison to boys. Eighteen percent of girls are unhappy about the way they look compared to 10 percent of boys.

More than 2,000 children between the ages of 10 and15 years were included in the study.

Premier Christian News reports:

The charity said that the current cost of living crisis is having a significant effect on families, with 85 per cent of parents and carers surveyed in 2022 saying they are concerned about how it will affect their families in the next year, especially as over a third of parents and carers reported they already struggled with the costs of school trips and uniform over the last year.

The report also reveals that girls are significantly more unhappy with their appearance than boys, with almost 1 in 5 (18 per cent) – the equivalent of an estimated 411,000 of 10-15 year old girls – unhappy with their looks compared to 10 percent of boys. This is an increase for girls from 1 in 7 (15 per cent) being unhappy with their appearance ten years ago.

The pandemic’s damaging impact is laid bare with 1 in 9 children (11 per cent aged 10 to 17) saying they did not cope overall with changes due to Coronavirus despite many of the restrictions being lifted when the survey was taken.

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