Teenage Wellbeing

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This October/November1, members of the World Wellbeing Panel were asked whether they agreed or disagreed with two statements about teenage wellbeing:

(i) “In developed countries, average teenage wellbeing levels have reduced over the last decade”; and

(ii) “We have clear evidence on why the wellbeing of teenagers is dropping.”

For each question, panellists could answer on a five-point scale (Completely agree; Agree; Neither agree nor disagree; Disagree; Completely disagree) and add further comments. 

Responses were received from 13 wellbeing experts of whom 8 were in agreement with the first statement (3 Completely agree, 5 Agree) while 3 disagreed; the remaining two responses were in the neutral category.

For the second statement, only 4 respondents were in agreement (1 Completely agree, 3 Agree) while 7 respondents were in disagreement (1 Completely disagree, 6 Disagree); 2 were neutral.

Only 4 of the 8 who were in agreement with the first statement were also in agreement with the second implying uncertainty about the causes of a wellbeing decline amongst teenagers. Indeed, several respondents noted a paucity of evidence on: (a) whether wellbeing had declined systematically for teenagers, and (b) even if it had, what the reasons are for this decline.

List of respondents to this survey

About the World Wellbeing Panel

The survey closed on 1 November 2020.