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07 July 2009

1 in 10 SA teens unhappy

Just over one in 10 South African teenagers say they come from an unhappy home, according to the results of a survey released on Tuesday.

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Just over one in 10 South African teenagers say they come from an unhappy home, according to the results of a survey released on Tuesday.

And Bloemfontein teenagers seem to be the most academically stressed of the country's seven largest cities. But the survey, conducted by TNS Research Surveys among 1 000 youngsters, also found most teens were coping well with life.

TNS said 13% of the teens questioned reported that their home lives were unhappy, and the same number confirmed "a lot of conflict in the household".

Overall, 13% of teens reported that school, university or work did not make them happy, but the figures swung between 8% for the East Rand (and 12% for Gauteng as a whole), and 40% for Bloemfontein.

Most teens enjoy studying and sport
Coloured and Asian teens experienced more stress and pressure regarding academic performance. Up to 83% of teens said they enjoyed studying and learning, though again there was a sharp difference here between black teens (90%) and Asians (60%).

Over three-quarters of all teens said they enjoyed reading and playing sport, considered themselves physically fit and had enough leisure time to be happy.

Just under three-quarters said they had someone they could talk to at their school or university when they needed support, and 93% said they got on well with a parent or guardian.

Teens who enjoyed their studies reported having fewer friends who consumed drugs, cigarettes and alcohol than teens who were stressed.

Of the stressed teens, 32% said a lot of their friends drank alcohol and 15% said that a lot of their friends took drugs. – (Sapa, July 2009)

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