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Study alerts that older teenagers feel the pressure of society and are pessimistic about the future.
More than one third of teenagers aged 16 and 17 feel judged by and anxious. The Children’s Society NGO alerted about this growing trend, after an opinion poll conducted among 1,000 people in the United Kingdom (UK).
The findings reveal that 16 and 17 year olds are battling anxiety and feeling judged by society. This has led the charity to launch a campaign calling for urgent action to protect the most vulnerable teenagers.
The “Seriously Awkward” report informs about what the charity calls the “worried generation”, teenagers that are “falling through the cracks”.
One in four do not feel optimistic about their future. This concern is mirrored among parents, with seven in ten parents agreeing that life is tougher for teenagers now than it was for them.
The Children's Society estimates that half a million 16 and 17 year olds in the UK face particular risk of harm because they are already dealing with multiple issues such as poverty, poor health or a lack of supportive relationships.
You can read the full report (PDF) here.