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Inquiry opens into state of childhood in the UK

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.333.7569.619 (Published 21 September 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:619
  1. Andrew Cole
  1. London

    The Children's Society this week launched the United Kingdom's first national inquiry into the state of childhood, amid growing concerns that the pressures of modern life are causing increased mental health problems in children.


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    Seven in 10 children in northern Europe see their classmates as “kind and helpful” but only two in five in the UK take that view

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    Research to be published shortly in the Journal of Social Indicators Research shows that children in the UK currently have lower levels of wellbeing, measured by such things as health, education, wealth, and relationships, than …

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