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Across the board, the health condition of young people is similar to ten years previously. The answer to the question ‘How is your health in general?’ was positive among 91 percent of the respondents in 2015/2017. This is not significantly higher than ten years previously. In terms of mental health, there was a marked difference with one decade ago.
|Good (%)||Poor (%)|
Older youth more likely to suffer from poor mental health
Girls are relatively more often mentally unhealthy than boys, with respective shares of 11 and 6 percent. Poor mental health is also more common among 18 to 24-year-olds than among 12 to 17-year-olds, and more prevalent among young people with a western migration background than among those with a native Dutch background. Similar differences between mental health conditions by background characteristics were seen ten years previously.
|Mentally unhealthy (%)|
|18 to 24 years||10.9|
|12 to 17 years||5.4|
Many mentally unhealthy young people less healthy overall
Of the young people with poor mental health, 65 percent perceived their own health as less than good. The lion’s share of mentally healthy young people does refer to their own health as good (93 percent). This pattern has barely changed over the past ten years.
Depression most common disorder among mentally unhealthy youth
Mentally unhealthy young people report more long-term disorders than their mentally healthy peers. In 2015/2017, over one-third of mentally unhealthy young people reported having suffered from a depression. Furthermore, they were more likely than mentally healthy young people to have suffered from migraine or severe headaches, allergies, dizziness with falls, or back conditions.
|Mentally unhealthy (%)||Mentally healthy (%)|
|Migraine or severe headache||30.5||13.7|
|Dizziness with falls||12.1||3.2|
|1Five most commonly reported disorders among mentally unhealthy young people.|
For the analyses in this publication, three survey years have been combined in order to cover a larger group of young people.
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