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The proportion of girls who say they are 'very happy' has almost halved in a decade, amid growing exam and social media pressures, research shows.
Rising numbers are subjected to 'offensive' behaviour online, while many are not satisfied with their appearance.
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The annual Girls' Attitude Survey from Girlguiding UK paints a worrying picture of the stresses facing children today.
Researchers surveyed 1,903 girls and young women, aged seven to 21, and found that only 25 per cent were 'very happy' – down from 41 per cent in 2009.
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Sixty-nine per cent of those aged 11 to 21 said exams and tests were the main cause of stress, with 59 per cent citing pressure from social media.
The report warns there is a 'long way to go until all girls feel positive and happy'. Seventy-one per cent of 11 to 21-year-olds know a girl who has experienced mental health problems –...
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