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New research from youth charity The Prince’s Trust, shows the impact the pandemic is having on young women across the UK, revealing they are more likely to feel anxious and depressed than young men.
Figures from The Prince’s Trust Tesco Youth Index, conducted by YouGov, which surveyed 2,180 16 to 25-year olds across the UK, found two thirds (67%) of young women “always” or “often” feel anxious, in comparison to 47% of young men. Similarly, 48% of young women report “always” or “often” feeling down or depressed, in comparison to 34% of young men.
Significantly more young women say their mental health has worsened during the pandemic, 57% in comparison to 44% of young men. Just over half (53%) of young women say that they have experienced self-loathing since the start of the pandemic, with 32% saying they feel “unable to cope with life.”
Young women are also more likely to feel like their work and career aspirations have been damaged, with 66% of young women saying getting a new job now feels “impossible” because of the competition, in comparison to 54% of men. A quarter (25%) of young women also feel that the pandemic has “destroyed” their career hopes.
Posted on 12th March 2021