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Most 15-year-olds report being proud of 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 nervousness about exams and bullying stays an issue for a lot of younger individuals. And heavy web use leaves many feeling lonely and fewer glad.

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

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

Within the Netherlands, fewer than four% of younger individuals stated they weren’t glad with their lives (these recording a stage of 4 or beneath).

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 stated they have been very glad 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 women and deprived college students have been much less probably 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% stated they felt very anxious earlier than a take a look at – even after they have been nicely ready
  • virtually one in 4 (24%) stated they have been victims of 1 act of bullying no less than a number of occasions a month
  • some 15% stated they have been made enjoyable of by others and 5% that they have been hit or pushed no less than a number of occasions a month
  • however youngsters perceived a excessive stage of parental assist, with 93% saying their dad and mom inspired them to be assured and 94% saying dad and mom have been eager about their college actions

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

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

Round four% of scholars – roughly one youngster per class – reported that they have been hit or pushed no less than a number of occasions per thirty days.

However the OECD analysis discovered much less bullying in faculties the place college students had constructive relationships with their academics.

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

Throughout OECD international locations, about 55% of scholars stated they have been very anxious earlier than a take a look at, even when they have been nicely ready for it.

Ladies had a bent to fret greater than boys, with women in all 72 international locations reporting better ranges of schoolwork-related nervousness than boys.

Growing web use

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

The bulk stated the web was a terrific useful resource for acquiring data and greater than half stated they felt unhealthy if no web connection was out there.

College students who spent greater than six hours on-line on weekdays exterior of college hours have been extra more likely to report that they weren’t glad with their life or that they felt lonely in school.

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They have 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 exterior of college hours elevated by no less than 40 minutes a day on each weekdays and weekends.

The examine concluded that youngsters who felt a part of a faculty neighborhood and had good relationships with their dad and mom and academics have been extra more likely to carry out higher academically and be happier with their lives.

College students who felt their instructor was keen to supply assist and was eager about their studying have been about 1.three occasions extra more likely to really feel that they belonged in school, researchers discovered.

These whose dad and mom often talked to them have been two-thirds of a faculty 12 months forward in science.