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Teen anxiety levels have risen whilst life satisfaction levels have dropped amid the Coronavirus pandemic, study finds

A study carried out by the Office for National Statistics has found that Life Satisfaction levels amongst 16 to 19-year-olds are the lowest they have been for years.

Only a third of this age group in 2020 have reported that they are highly satisfied with their life.

Eleanor Rees, Head of the Social Well-being Team said: “The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on young people’s mental health and well-being is naturally a focus for many at present and something that the ONS is also exploring. The research we have published today gives a pre-pandemic perspective, making it a useful starting point to understand what has changed since.”

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The study also found that over a fifth of these teens believe they are suffering from high levels of anxiety and one in 10 has reported that they are unemployed.

The study gathered its data from 1630 16-19 year-old’s using a 28-indicator framework, covering the topics of personal well-being, relationships and health.

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