The personal and social worries of adolescents in Northern Ireland: report of a survey

Mary Gallagher, Rob Millar, Owen Hargie, Roger Ellis

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    The aim of this study was to ascertain the self-perceived social and personal concerns of adolescents attending educational institutions in Northern Ireland. 446 questionnaires from 15–18-year-old students at ten institutions were analysed in order to determine the frequency with which respondents reported worrying about the following broad areas: school, choosing a job, finding a job, home, starting work, opposite-sex relationships, personal issues, and relating to others. The effects of variables such as gender, age and nature of educational institution attended were also examined. The results indicated that most frequent worry was reported about finding and choosing employment, personal issues and opposite-sex relationships. Gender, age and religious affiliation of school attended exerted major effects. Implications for those involved in working with adolescents within educational contexts are discussed.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)274-290
    JournalBritish Journal of Guidance and Counselling
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 1992


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