Letters Riots on the streets

Putting young people’s behaviour in perspective

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d5841 (Published 21 September 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d5841
  1. Lee D Hudson, research fellow in adolescent medicine1,
  2. Terence Stephenson, president2,
  3. Deborah Christie, consultant clinical psychologist3,
  4. Russell Viner, professor in adolescent health1
  1. 1UCL Institute of Child Health, London WC1N 1EH, UK
  2. 2Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, London WC1X 8SH, UK
  3. 3University College London Hospital, London NW1 2PQ, UK
  1. l.hudson{at}ucl.ac.uk

The health status and economic prospects of our young people are poor. Comparative studies by Unicef show that child and adolescent wellbeing is lower in Britain than in other wealthy countries,1 and that 22% of children live in relative poverty in the UK—higher than any economically comparable country in Europe.1 Youth unemployment is higher …

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