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Most 15-year-olds report being pleased with their lives, a world examine of scholars’ well-being suggests.

The report by the Organisation for Financial Co-operation and Growth discovered a median satisfaction rating of seven.three on a scale from nought to 10.

UK youngsters had a median satisfaction rating of seven.

However anxiousness about exams and bullying stays an issue for a lot of younger folks. And heavy web use leaves many feeling lonely and fewer happy.

The findings are based mostly on a survey of 540,000 college students in 72 collaborating international locations and economies who additionally accomplished the OECD Pisa assessments in science, arithmetic and studying in 2015.

The examine reveals giant variations in life satisfaction throughout these international locations.

Within the Netherlands, fewer than four% of younger folks mentioned they weren’t happy with their lives (these recording a degree of 4 or under).

However in South Korea and Turkey, 20% reported low satisfaction scores.

In Montenegro and within the Latin American international locations of Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic and Mexico, greater than half of scholars mentioned they had been very happy with their lives (scores of 9 or 10).

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However fewer than one in 5 college students within the Asian international locations or economies of Hong Kong, Korea, Macau and Taiwan recorded comparable ranges of life satisfaction.

The examine discovered ladies and deprived college students had been much less doubtless than boys and advantaged college students to report excessive ranges of life satisfaction.


UK 15-year-olds

  • life-satisfaction rating of seven on a scale of nought to 10
  • 72% mentioned they felt very anxious earlier than a check – even after they had been properly ready
  • virtually one in 4 (24%) mentioned they had been victims of 1 act of bullying not less than a number of occasions a month
  • some 15% mentioned they had been made enjoyable of by others and 5% that they had been hit or pushed not less than a number of occasions a month
  • however youngsters perceived a excessive degree of parental help, with 93% saying their mother and father inspired them to be assured and 94% saying mother and father had been all in favour of their faculty actions

Regardless of fairly excessive common ranges of satisfaction, bullying was a big drawback for a lot of kids, with a big proportion saying that they had been victims.

On common throughout OECD international locations, about 11% of youngsters mentioned they had been incessantly mocked, 7% had been “ignored of issues” and eight% had been the topic of hurtful rumours.

Round four% of scholars – roughly one youngster per class – reported that they had been hit or pushed not less than a number of occasions monthly.

However the OECD analysis discovered much less bullying in colleges the place college students had optimistic relationships with their lecturers.

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Examination stress was additionally an issue, with 59% of scholars saying they usually anxious that taking a check could be troublesome and 66% saying they anxious about getting poor grades.

Throughout OECD international locations, about 55% of scholars mentioned they had been very anxious earlier than a check, even when they had been properly ready for it.

Ladies had an inclination to fret greater than boys, with ladies in all 72 international locations reporting higher ranges of schoolwork-related anxiousness than boys.

Growing web use

The report discovered college students spent greater than two hours on-line throughout a typical weekday after faculty and greater than three hours on-line throughout a typical weekend day.

The bulk mentioned the web was an awesome useful resource for acquiring info and greater than half mentioned they felt dangerous if no web connection was accessible.

College students who spent greater than six hours on-line on weekdays outdoors of faculty hours had been extra prone to report that they weren’t happy with their life or that they felt lonely in school.

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They had been additionally much less proficient in science than college students who spent fewer hours on-line.

The OECD analysis discovered that between 2012 and 2015, the time youngsters spent on-line outdoors of faculty hours elevated by not less than 40 minutes a day on each weekdays and weekends.

The examine concluded that youngsters who felt a part of a faculty group and had good relationships with their mother and father and lecturers had been extra prone to carry out higher academically and be happier with their lives.

College students who felt their instructor was keen to supply assist and was all in favour of their studying had been about 1.three occasions extra prone to really feel that they belonged in school, researchers discovered.

These whose mother and father commonly talked to them had been two-thirds of a faculty 12 months forward in science.