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The well-being of children in the UK$
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Jonathan Bradshaw

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447325628

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447325628.001.0001

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Subjective well-being and mental health

Subjective well-being and mental health

(p.123) Five Subjective well-being and mental health
The well-being of children in the UK

Gwyther Rees

Gill Main

Policy Press

Levels of subjective well-being of children in the UK are relatively low in comparison with other countries. Children in the UK are relatively happy with their material living standards and friendships, but notably unhappy with their appearance. Older children tend to report lower levels of subjective well-being than younger children. There is evidence of some recent trends in children’s happiness with different aspects of their life - with happiness with school work increasing a little while happiness with friends has declined. Around one in ten children aged 5 to 16 had a mental disorder in 2004. Conduct and emotional disorders are most common. Boys are more likely than girls to have a mental disorder. Rates tend to increase with age for most but not all forms of disorder. The picture of long-term trends in mental ill-health is complex and varies according to age group, gender and category of disorder. The suicide rate of young people aged 15 to 19 in the UK is lower than the OECD average. Deaths through suicide are more common among males than females.

Keywords:   subjective wellbeing, life satisfaction, happiness, mental health, suicide

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