Icelandic teenagers getting happier in recession

diversity1Icelandic teenagers are more content now in the midst of a recession than they were in the boom years. This is the conclusion of a new research report which indicates that parent-child relationships seem to have improved since the economic crisis began.

The research at the University of Akureyri is the Icelandic part of and international study looking onto the lifestyle and health of teenagers. The large project saw questionnaires given to every Icelandic pupil in years 6, 8 and 10 twice over four years.

Dr. Arsaell Arnarsson, lecturor in psychology at the University of Akureyri, told RUV that the results were extrapolated by comparing survey results from 2006 and now. He said the outcome took him totally by surprise that the quality of Icelandic teenage life appears to have gone up during the recession.

Arnarsson said it has been difficult to properly explain the result because most indicators indicated a decline in quality of life. But the proportion of teenagers who said they have “very good” communication with their parents had increased between 10 and 25 percent in all age groups. That is a massive change in a short time, Arnarsson said.

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