Most Taipei City youths worry a lot, a survey released yesterday claims.
The survey revealed teenagers' greatest worries are their parents' inability to help them with their problems, confusion about the future, anxiety over academic performance and deteriorating social order.
The survey, conducted by the municipal Juvenile Counseling Committee (
According to the survey, the "worry index" of municipal teenagers is registered at 1.8 points on a scale of one to three.
Seventy percent of the youths questioned admitted they "always" find themselves worrying about something.
The report shows that about 25 percent of the youths questioned think that their parents nag too much; and 18 percent of them think their parents compare them with their peers.
When encountering personal problems, about 30 percent of them prefer to talk with their peers, while around 18 percent prefer to keep it to themselves, and only 0.7 percent seek outside professional help. Confusion about which career path they should take ranks highest in concern for the future, registering at over 51 percent; followed by 19 percent who were confused about their choice of school.
While about 25 percent attribute their worries at school to excessive academic pressure, about 20 percent say being unaware of an effective study method worries them, and about 13 percent blame their academic worries on dull teaching methods.
Among the social problems worrying them, social order ranks first at about 26 percent, followed by the traffic at over 10 percent, and the country's future at about 9.7 percent.
The survey also found that city teenagers are worried about their personal appearance, especially their height, and not knowing how to express and control their emotions.
When it comes to gender problems, the report shows that over 37 percent are worried about not knowing how to get along with the opposite sex, followed by about 13 percent worrying about their parents' disapproval of their friends.
"The purpose of the opinion poll is to find out what teenagers are worried about, how they deal with their problems, and how adults can help them," said Wu Chang-o (
Citing two recent tragedies which involved juveniles, Wu said it was important to learn what was on teenagers' minds.
On May 4, a 17-year-old Japanese boy hijacked a bus loaded with some 20 passengers aboard, including a six-year-old girl.
The bandit took pictures of his victims while laughing and slashing at them with a 40-centimeter knife. The 15-hour standoff finally came to an end with a pre-dawn police raid.
The other involved a 16-year old Taiwanese boy who hanged himself on May 2, after he was allegedly scolded by his parents after getting a body tattoo.
Soochow University sociology professor and committee member, Yang Shou-jung, said parents, schools and society plays a significant role in the growing process of teenagers.
"We should work together to create a more healthy living environment for them to grow up in," he said. "We need to listen to what they have to say, what is on their mind, and further help them accomplish what they want to achieve."
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