The Prince’s Trust Macquarie Youth Index for 2017

The Prince’s Trust published their Macquarie Youth Index in January 2017; reporting that young people’s happiness and wellbeing were at their lowest levels since the study was first commissioned in 2009.

The report noted:

 

  • More than a quarter of young people do not feel in control of their lives;
  • A third of young people do not feel in control of their job prospects;
  • More than one in ten think their life will amount to nothing, no matter how hard they try;
  • A fifth of young people do not think they have the ability to change their circumstances if they want to;
  • The situation is even worse for NEET young people, who are more likely to feel worried about their circumstances and future;
  • 34 per cent of young people think they will have a worse standard of living than their parents; and
  • 42 per cent of young people feel traditional goals like owning a house or getting a steady job are unrealistic.