Growing up

U.K. survey suggests parents overlook daughters’ most prevalent mental health issues

Alan Zale/The New York Times

A survey of British girls by the group Girlguiding, which runs a program encouraging young girls to talk about their problems, found that parents worry about their daughter’s alcohol or drug use, but tend to overlook much more prevalent mental health issues. Teenage girls indicated in the survey that they worried most about mental health, cyberbullying and not being able to get a job. They felt misunderstood by their parents, who worry about drug and alcohol abuse, while they consider self-harm and depression to be more significant issues. Julie Bentley, chief executive of Girlguiding, believes these results should be cause for concern. “The findings in the year’s survey provide a stark warning about the fragile state of British 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.”

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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