Trends - Emotional Health and Well-being (including Bullying)

Emotional Health & Well-being (including Bullying) 1983-2003

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The following is a summary of the report written in 2004 by SHEU covering the period 1983-2003

When looking over the figures from twenty years, we find that young people in recent years are...

* less likely to keep problems to themselves, although around 25% of 14-15 year old males still keep family problems and problems with friends to themselves
* less likely to share family problems with a friend, although this option has always been the most popular for older females
* less likely to be bullied as a result of a particular event, although up to 17% of 10-11 year old females report being 'called nasty names, often/every day in the last month'
* less likely to worry about the 'way they look' although it is still reported to be the main problem for around 50% of 14-15 year old females
* less likely to worry about HIV/AIDS (in 1993, 34% of older females worried 'quite a lot/a lot' and in 2003 this figure has reduced to 8%)
* more likely to share school problems with mum and dad, or a teacher or a friend more pupils are getting higher self-esteem scores and 14-15 year old males score the highest
* more likely to worry 'quite a lot/ a lot' about school and career problems - up to 39% (2001) of older females worried about these problems
* more likely to feel in control of their health, with males scoring higher than females
* more likely to feel more satisfied with their lives - 15% more 12-13 year old females report being satisfied 'a lot' (12% in 1995 to 27% in 2003)

...when compared with figures from previous years.


ORDER publications

  1. SHEU is an independent research, survey and publishing company and the 'Young People into ...' series of reports are based on the work of one of its divisions - The Schools Health Education Unit. The Unit provides reliable baseline data for local needs assessment to inform plans in health, education and care.
  2. The accumulated databank from the hundreds of school surveys we support each year, involving tens of thousands of young people, is a valuable resource of information and provides many opportunities for research. But we caution against simple reporting and interpretation of our figures as being from 'a national survey'.
  3. In 2014 we compared the profile of the schools in our data sets with what we can see in the country as a whole (see link), and we were pleasantly surprised by the similarity.  This confirms what we concluded in 2004 through a similar study: that the SHEU data sets are reasonably well-matched to the national population of schools.