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Pew Poll: Anxiety, Depression Major Problems for Teen Majority

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By    |   Wednesday, 20 February 2019 05:06 PM

Seventy percent of teens see anxiety and depression as a major problem among their peers, according to a Pew Research Center survey.

Bullying, drug addiction, and drinking alcohol are also major concerns, according to the survey of U.S. teens ages 13 to 17.

Getting good grades was the top pressure for teens, with 61 percent saying they felt a lot of pressure to do so. Twenty nine percent said they also felt a lot of pressure to look good, while 28 percent said they felt a lot of pressure to fit in socially.

The survey also found:

  • 4 percent said they felt a lot of pressure to use drugs.
  • 6 percent said they felt a lot of pressure to drink alcohol.
  • 59 percent said they plan to attend a four-year college after they finish high school.
  • 29 percent said they feel tense or nervous about their day.
  • 26 percent said they get excited by something they study in school.
  • Boys are more likely than girls to prioritize having a lot of money as adults, 61 percent to 41 percent.
  • 81 percent said helping other people in need was extremely or very important to them.
  • 95 percent said having a job or career they enjoyed was also extremely or very important to them.
  • Anxiety and depression was more concerning for teens who live in a household where parents are making between $30,000 and $74,999.

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