Rural youngsters are isolated report

1 June 2000

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.

  • Daily Express 01/06/2000 page 29

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