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'Emotional issues' take toll on girls

The number of schoolgirls at risk of emotional problems has risen sharply, an English study in the Journal of Adolescent Mental Health suggests.

Scientists analysed questionnaires completed by 1,600 pupils aged 11-13 in 2009, comparing them with similar surveys conducted five years later.

They were "surprised" by a 7% spike in girls reporting emotional issues while boys' answers remained fairly stable.

Dominic Hughes reports.

  • 20 Apr 2015
  • From the section Health
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