Stress & anxiety the new sex, drugs and rock’n’roll for teens

The youth of today often get a bad rap- they are into drugs and they drink too much alcohol. But is the risk taking behaviour as bad as adults think?

The health behaviour in school aged children (HBSC) is a study undertaken across the world. The study looks at the health and wellbeing of adolescents aged 11, 13 and 15.

Interestingly, across the world risk taking behaviour among adolescents is on the decline- but stress and anxiety is increasing, especially among girls.

Professor Fiona Brooks is a Professor of Child and Adolescent Health at UTS. She has been involved in the HBSC study in England, and joined Ellen Leabeater to discuss some of the findings.

Image: Pabak Sarkar on Flickr.

You may also like