Sources of information and support for young people

@ncbtweets conclude from their survey of 263 young people:

  • young people (are) more likely to turn to parents (62%) for health advice than internet (47%)
  • over a quarter (28%) of young people feel uncomfortable visiting GP over health issues

http://ncb.org.uk/news/young-people-shun-celebrities-preferring-to-get-h...

These very much fit in with our findings over many years, for example, from our 2010 figures:

57: Where would you go first for help or information about the following?

N=All secondary pupils in 2010 who answered the question (24,882)

 

My family

Friends

Someone at school

Connexions Personal Adviser

Doctor, nurse, other health worker

Local Advice Centre

Books, Magazines

Internet

Telephone helpline

School problems

52%

12%

25%

8%

0%

0%

0%

1%

1%

Health

64%

6%

3%

1%

16%

7%

0%

1%

1%

Careers

59%

15%

10%

4%

4%

1%

2%

0%

6%

Problems with friends

58%

22%

17%

2%

1%

0%

0%

0%

0%

Parents/carers not getting on with each other/divorce

39%

34%

16%

4%

2%

2%

1%

1%

2%

Problems between children and parents/carers in your family

41%

28%

17%

4%

2%

2%

1%

1%

3%

Feeling sad or upset a lot of the time

57%

21%

17%

1%

1%

1%

0%

1%

1%

Relationships with boy/girlfriends

35%

44%

13%

1%

2%

2%

1%

1%

1%

Drugs

49%

14%

6%

13%

7%

2%

3%

1%

4%

Healthy eating

71%

9%

3%

4%

2%

5%

1%

1%

6%

Helping and volunteering

58%

5%

12%

11%

4%

1%

2%

1%

6%

Money problems

87%

6%

3%

1%

1%

1%

1%

1%

1%

The way you look

46%

33%

12%

1%

2%

1%

2%

2%

1%

Puberty and growing up

65%

11%

14%

1%

1%

5%

0%

1%

3%

Bullying

60%

16%

18%

4%

1%

1%

0%

0%

1%

Thinking you are gay, lesbian or bisexual

68%

10%

11%

1%

3%

2%

1%

0%

3%

Please note, we asked where would you go first, not, would you ever consult the Internet. Our surveys were also often completed on paper, which is helpful if we want to make claims about the role played by the Internet.

As regards comfort:

(48): On this last visit, did you feel at ease with the doctor?

N=All secondary pupils in 2010 who answered the question (33,770)

  Very comfortable Quite comfortable Uncomfortable    Very uncomfortable   
Year 8 Males    22 27 19 32
Year 8 Females    16 32 27 25
Year 10 Males 20 24 18 38
Year 10 Females    14 29 28 29