#GENERATIONFLUX: Understanding the seismic shifts that are shaking Canada's youth

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This new report from Community Foundations of Canada identifies trends across the country in the issues facing today's youth.

While the report lacks a gender lens on many topics, it does compare girls and boys with respect to health issues such as depression and suicide. For example:

  • 70-79% of Canadian boys aged 13–15 are inactive, and so are 80-89% of girls the same age.
  • A recent CAMH study of Ontario students also found that “the rate of students reporting psychological distress has risen to 43%, up from 36% in the 1999 survey. Girls seem to be particularly at risk. 43% of girls in grades 7–12 reported distress, up from 36% in 1999 and significantly above the 24% of boys who reported these feelings.
  • In a national longitudinal study, the same trend was identified with 11–15 year old girls reporting higher levels of emotional problems and lower levels of emotional well-being and life satisfaction than boys.
  • Children and youth of low-income families are especially at risk. So too are girls and young people in certain aboriginal communities. In Ontario, girls report both contemplating (14%) and attempting suicide (4%) at twice the rate as the boys surveyed.
  • 11- to 15-year-old boys who report being in a school with a positive (high) school climate also report levels of emotional well-being that are twice as high as those boys who report being in a school with a negative (low) school climate. The results are even more dramatic for girls in which the differences are almost three times higher.

For a 'quick' fact sheet on the findings, go to the fact sheet.

For more information, go to the full report