According to The Good Childhood Report 2012 one in 11 youngsters (9%) aged between 8 and 15 have a “Low Well-being” at any given time. The report also highlights that unhappiness increases dramatically with age – from 4% to 14% from the age of 8 to the age of 15!
According to the study published by the Children’s Society, children with low levels of happiness are much less likely to enjoy being at home with the family, feel safe with their friends, like the way they look and feel positive about their future.
Dr Sentamu, head researcher of the society reports “The moral test for any society is how it treats its vulnerable, including its children. The fact that at any one time half a million children are unhappy with their lives should be a wake- up call to us all”
This research has sparked a few questions, how can you accurately read a child’s happiness level? And apart from the children that suffer abuse and neglect at the hands of their carer, what worries do kids have to create “Depression” as the study claims. The use of the study cannot be questioned, if it exposes unhappiness due to neglect of our vulnerable children in society.
However, we have to understand how impressionable these youngsters are, and if the researchers asked leading questions to the children, they are more likely to lean to the way the researcher desires.
If this data is accurate it is a worrying statistic and we need to be reviewing the priorities in the care for our children