(Telegraph) Half a million children unhappy, says church-backed report

The study published by the Children’s Society following interviews with 30,000 under-16s claims those who have deeply negative feelings about their lives are at higher risk of bullying, depression and eating disorders.

It says those who suffer instability, moving from one family member to another, are twice as likely to be unhappy although household structure itself was not as important as having loving relationships with relatives.

Children who worry that they do not have the right clothes to “fit in” with classmates are three times as likely to be unhappy with the way they look, with the problem affecting girls more than boys.

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