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A new study has found that Australian teenagers are most worried about their body image and the future and same tbh. ABC’s children’s news program Behind the News surveyed 47,000 kids between the age of 6 and 18 about their biggest worries and how they manage them. More than 50% of six and seven year olds said they were worried sometimes or lots of the time and this percentage increased with age for males and females across a number of issues.
For girls, bullying and being different were the biggest concerns at the age of six. Older girls reported that their body was of greater concern, with 75% of 14 to 15-year-olds saying they worried about their bodies sometimes or lots of the time. Girls over the age of 10 were the most likely to worry about their future and this was the main concern for 85% per cent of 15-year-olds. Overall, girls were more likely than boys to worry about all issues. Here are their results:
‘Your body’ and ‘your future’ were also the biggest concerns among the boys surveyed. Boys aged 16 and 17 were just as likely as to worry about their bodies as girls, and boys aged 18 were more likely to worry about their bodies than girls of the same age. The most common worry for boys from the age of ten onwards was the future. Here are their results:
The survey also asked teens what they would change about themselves or their lives and body image was the most popular answer for both boys (blue) and girls (orange).
Researchers asked respondents who they talk to about their problems and, while family and friends were popular answers, 26% of children and over one-third of teenagers said they wouldn’t talk to anyone.
These results are not surprising but they do come as an important reminder that, if you’re worried about the way you look or what you’re going to be when you grow up, you are not alone. We all share some common stresses and worries and the best way to deal with that is to talk to each other — we’re all in this together!
Via the ABC.