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Study Reveals Oslo Youth Faring Poorly

Posted: Feb. 4th, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse
Fighting depression

For reasons the study was unable to explain, the last fifteen years have seen a sharp increase in psychological difficulties amongst Oslo youths, specifically in girls of non-immigrant backgrounds – though ethnicity seemed unrelated. More pleasantly, however, the study also showed a decrease in alcoholism and threats of violence.

NOVA researcher Tormod Øia’s survey reveals a sharp increase in mental problems among adolescents in Oslo for the past 15 years

Youth in Oslo are More Inclined to Mental Problems

Øia says that girls report far more mental stress or problems than boys. According to the research, 51 percent of the participant girls answered that the last week has been "very much" or "very much" bothered by the feeling that "everything is a struggle."

Girls with immigrant backgrounds report that they are less bothered by poor mental health than girls of Norwegian origin. On the other hand, there is little difference between ethnic Norwegian and immigrant adolescents.


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