ONS statistics show young women more likely to report feeling lonely

By agency reporter
December 9, 2018

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has published data on "loneliness in children and young people", showing that:

  • 68 per cent of women age 16 to 24 say they feel lonely at least some of the time, compared to 51 per cent of men of the same age;
  • 10 per cent of young people say they feel lonely “often or always”, with young women slightly more likely to report this;
  • 57 per cent of young women feel lonely “some of the time or occasionally”, compared to 42 per cent of young men; and
  • just a third of young women rarely or never feel lonely compared to half of young men. 

The Young Women’s Trust chief executive, Dr Carole Easton said:  “Shocking numbers of young people, and especially young women, say they feel lonely. Lots of young mums tell us they struggle to even leave the house. Young women are more likely to be on low or no pay and a lack of disposable income can contribute to isolation. 

“Loneliness can damage young women’s confidence and mental health. Young Women’s Trust has found that, combined with a lack of networks, this can make it harder to look for jobs and can lead to young women being shut out of the labour market. 

“As well as investment in community and mental health services, more support is needed for young women who want to work. Tackling loneliness would benefit individuals, businesses and the economy.”

* The ONS data can be downloaded here

* Young Women's Trust https://www.youngwomenstrust.org/


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