by Matthew Weaver, Guardian:
Charity describes finding that 200,000 are not content with their lives as ‘national scandal’.
Childhood happiness has fallen to its lowest level in a decade, with more than 200,000 children unhappy with their lives, according to a report.
For the first time since it was launched in 2009-10, the annual Good Childhood report found overall contentment among 10- to 15-year-olds has dipped below eight on a scale of one to 10. It now stands at 7.89 on average, down from a high of 8.21 in 2011, at a time when adult wellbeing is improving.
Almost 5% of those surveyed reported happiness scores below five out of 10, suggesting about 219,000 children in the UK are unhappy.
The Children’s Society, which conducted the research, said the decline in childhood happiness was a national scandal. The charity called on Boris Johnson to move the issue to the top of his agenda and introduce a national measurement of children’s wellbeing.
The report is based on an annual survey of about 2,400 households and a longitudinal study involving 40,000 households.