South Korean children are the least happy and most pressured by schoolwork among developed countries, a study published on Wednesday showed.
The study by the Korea Institute for Health and Social Affairs (KIHASA) drew the conclusion by comparing the 2013 National Survey of Children and Youth Data with a 2013 report by UNICEF where children in “wealthy” countries were surveyed.
The latest Korean study found that 50.5 percent of the Korean children aged 11, 13 and 15 years old feel pressured by school work, higher than theirs peers in all of the 29 wealthy countries that UNICEF surveyed.
The UNICEF report published under the title of “Children’s Subjective Well-being in Rich Countries” showed that 49.4 percent of Spanish children felt pressured by schoolwork, followed by Slovenia with 48.9 percent and Portugal with 47.2 percent.
The KIHASA report also suggests that only 60.3 percent of Korean students are happy with their life, lower than all the 29 countries surveyed by UNICEF.
Only 18.5 percent of the surveyed Korean children replied that they were very satisfied with school.
Korean children’s self-evaluation of relationship with their parents and peers were about or slightly above average.
About 64.3 percent of Korean students responded that classmates are kind and helpful, slightly less than the average of 67.2 percent.
The percentage of Korean children who felt comfortable talking to their fathers was 63.7, below the average of 66.4 percent.
However, 82.9 percent of the respondents said they are comfortable talking to their mothers, similar to the average of 82.7 percent.