Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

Unhappy Children Turn to Sex and Alcohol

Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

Unhappy Children Turn to Sex and Alcohol

Article excerpt

Young children who don't like school are more likely to be involved in underage drinking and sexual activity, suggests new research.

Professor Mark Bellis worked with a team of researchers from the Centre for Public Health, Liverpool John Moores University, to carry out a study in more than 3500 11-14 year olds from 15 schools in the North West of England. He said, "As young as 13 years old, children who drink alcohol are much more likely to have had sex. The more they drink, the higher the risks of early sexual behaviour. However, here we have looked at the relationships, not just between alcohol consumption and sexual behaviour, but also at how these behaviours relate to their feelings about school and home life".

The authors assessed general wellbeing by asking children about how happy they were with the way they looked, how well they got on with their parents, whether they felt they could be assertive and whether they often felt remorse. School-related wellbeing was assessed by questions about liking school, how their teachers treat them, and involvement with school rules. …

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