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.