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Community Development Alliance Scotland

One in four young people don’t feel in control of their lives

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The Prince’s Trust Macquarie Youth Index for 2016 is a UK survey of 2,215 young people aged 16 to 25 that gauges young people’s wellbeing across a range of areas from family life to physical health. The latest report demonstrates that young people’s wellbeing is at its lowest level since the Index was first commissioned.

  • More than a quarter of young people (28 per cent) do not feel in control of their lives
  • A third of young people (36 per cent) do not feel in control of their job prospects
  • More than one in ten (16 per cent) think their life will amount to nothing, no matter how hard they try
  • A fifth of young people (18 per cent) do not think they have the ability to change their circumstances if they want to
  • The situation is even worse for NEET young people, who are more likely to feel worried about their circumstances and future
  • 34 per cent of young people think they will have a worse standard of living than their parents
  • 42 per cent of young people feel traditional goals like owning a house or getting a steady job are unrealistic
  • One in ten young people (12%) claim they don’t know anyone who ‘really cares’ about them
  • 45% feel stressed about body image and 37% feel stressed about how to cope at work or school.
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