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Measure what you treasure: Well-being and young people, how it can be measured and what the data tells us, 06/05/14 [E/NI/S/W]

New Philanthropy Capital has published a paper which outlines data drawn from more than 7,000 children in the UK aged between 11 and 16.

It was gathered over the last three years by more than 50 participating charities, using NPC’s Well-being Measure and looking at eight criteria: self-esteem; emotional well-being; resilience; satisfaction with friends; satisfaction with family; satisfaction with community; satisfaction with school; and life satisfaction.

Findings include:

  • Boys and girls both grow more dissatisfied with their lives as they get older, with girls’ happiness falling significantly faster than boys’;
  • Girls’ self-esteem falls away consistently, while boys’ remains much more stable;
  • Girls’ emotional well-being declines consistently from the age of 12, while boys’ remains much more stable during their teenage years;
  • Girls’ satisfaction with their friends, which starts above boys’, drops from the age of 12 and ends up lower than boys.

For full details see the NPC website.


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Measure what you treasure: Well-being and young people, how it can be measured and what the data tells us