Girls’ Attitudes Survey 2015

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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 – and champion their potential.’

 

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Here’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 – 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 – 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: girlguiding.org.uk/girls-attitudes-survey-2015

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