This report looks at measures of subjective well-being among children aged 13 to 15. It includes results by age, sex, region and household income, as well as some measures of health-related lifestyle.
- In 2015, the mean Warwick Edinburgh Well-being Scale score among 13 to 15 year olds was 51.4. This was similar for boys and girls and across age groups.
- The majority of 13 to 15 year olds had high or very high scores on the Office for National Statistics (ONS) measures of life satisfaction (81%), feeling that the things they did were worthwhile (78%) and feeling happy yesterday (74%). More than half (61%) also reported low or very low ratings for feeling anxious yesterday.
- Well-being was associated with whether or not 13 to 15 year olds had ever smoked or ever drunk alcohol. Children who had never smoked reported higher levels of well-being than those who had ever done so. Similarly, children who had not drunk alcohol reported higher levels of well-being than those who had drunk alcohol.