Young people and self esteem

The Schools Health and Education Unit published the results of a survey of 30,000 pupils in the Guardian, which has found a significant decline in self-esteem levels among teenagers.

Key points include that:

  • The number of 14 and 15 year old girls reporting high self-esteem has dropped to 33 percent, falling from a peak in 2007 at 41 percent;
  • In boys the number has dropped from 55 percent of 14 and 15 year olds reporting high self-esteem in 2007 to 50 percent in 2013; and
  • The unit suggested that this decline in self-esteem levels was related to the economic downturn and online pressures, particularly cyberbullying.

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