Rural youngsters are isolated report
YOUNG people living in the countryside often feel unhappy, alienated and bored claims a new report.
A lack of services, particularly public transport, increases feelings of isolation, according to the survey by University College, Northampton.
Co-author Professor Hugh Matthews said only one in four of the youngsters had spoken to parents, teachers or youth workers about their concerns.
Most young people claimed no-one had bothered to ask them their views, said Prof Matthews.
Researchers questioned 1,200 children aged between nine and 16.