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Anxiety in teenage girls rises sharply in past decade, finds study

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i4649 (Published 24 August 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i4649
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. London

The mental wellbeing of teenage girls in England seems to have worsened over the past 10 years, a survey by the Department for Education has found.1

The study included a representative sample of 13 100 people aged 14 who were surveyed in 2014 about their attitudes, health, and wellbeing, and it compared the findings with a previous cohort interviewed in 2005.

Young people’s general wellbeing was slightly worse in 2014 than in 2005 in terms of self reported health and psychological distress. This was observed particularly in girls, young people living in single parent or step families, and respondents with a longstanding illness or disability that affected their schooling. These groups also displayed less confidence in their ability to control the events …

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