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Low levels of well-being amongst children in Wales


Researchers from Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods (WISERD) have learned that children in Wales have some of the lowest levels of well-being amongst children across 35 countries.

WISERD surveyed over 2,600 children from school years six and eight across Wales. Children were asked about their own happiness, satisfaction and psychological well-being, in relation to home and family life, friendships, school and where they live. The survey also asked about how respected the children feel and their inclusion in decision-making processes.

The survey, which took place in the summer term of 2018, showed that older children have lower levels of well-being than younger children, with older children reporting that they had felt sad, stressed and bored in the last two weeks, prior to the survey.

The survey was part of the wider Children’s Worlds project, an international study of children’s well-being which surveyed 128,000 children across 35 countries between 2016 and 2019.

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