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Sense of belonging vital for teenage mental health

Teenagers who lack a sense of belonging to social groups such as in their family, with friends or at school are more likely to have mental health problems, research suggests.
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Teenagers who lack a sense of belonging to social groups such as in their family, with friends or at school are more likely to have mental health problems, research suggests

Teenagers who lack a sense of belonging to social groups such as in their family, with friends or at school are more likely to have mental health problems, research suggests.

Psychologists at Nottingham Trent University and the University of Dundee found that the more social groups 13-17 year olds positively identified with at the start of their study, the better their mental health was a year later.

They also identified a reciprocal relationship, where those with better mental health at the start of the study would have the greatest number of strong social groups by the end.

20%

of adolescents may experience a mental health problem

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