Extra! Korea

May 10, 2009

Korean children and teenagers are the unhappiest in the OECD

Filed under: culture, education, suicide, youth — extrakorea @ 1:42 am

Considering that Korea has had the highest suicide rate in the OECD for people in their 20s for five consecutive years, it’s not surprising to find that Korean children and teenagers are the unhappiest.

On subjective happiness, Korean students got 71.7 out of 100 points, the lowest among 20 member countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. The figure was more than 40 points lower than that of leader Greece (114). The share of students who consider themselves “happy” was 55.4 percent, much lower than the OECD average of 84.8 percent.

Going to the subjective life satisfaction index with one being the lowest and five the highest, elementary school students got four points; middle school students 3.4, and high schoolers 3.1.

So the older the kids get, the unhappier they become. I’m not in the least surprised.

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