Girls’ Attitudes Survey 2015

Girls’ Attitudes Survey 2015


This week Girl Guiding UK revealed the results of their 2015 Girls’ Attitude survey. The survey asked 1,574 girls and young women aged between 7 and 21 for their views on a range of issues – from health and well-being to relationships and careers.

Girl Guiding Chief Executive, Julie Bentley, said: ‘The findings in this year’s Girls’ Attitudes Survey provide a stark warning about the fragile state of UK girls’ well-being.

‘We need the support of decision-makers to start an open conversation about girls’ concerns. By listening to girls, we can work together to tackle the root causes of their distress โ€“ and champion their potential.’




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Hereโ€™s some of the key findings from the survey:

  • Two in five girls aged 11 to 21 say they have personally needed help with their mental health (37%). This increases with age โ€“ among 11- to 16-year-olds the figure is 28%, but among those aged 17 to 21 it is nearly half (46%).
  • 82% of girls aged 11 to 21 say adults don’t recognise the pressure they are under.
  • Girls aged 13 โ€“ 21 say mental health issues, cyber-bullying and getting a job are the top overall concerns facing young people today, they think their parents’ biggest concerns remain drug use, alcohol and smoking.
  • Three quarters of girls aged 11 to 21 say anxiety about experiencing sexual harassment negatively affects their lives in some way.
  • Two in five girls in this age group have had a demeaning comment made to them about the way they look.

The full Girls’ Attitudes Survey report will be published in September.

See full article from Girl Guiding UK here: