SEOUL, Nov. 6 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korean children and young people are less satisfied with their lives compared with the youths in other OECD countries, according to an actual condition survey on children and young people in South Korea published by the Ministry of Health and Welfare.
Korean children and young people rated their life satisfaction level at 60.3 out of 100, representing the lowest among OECD countries. The index was much lower than that of Eastern European countries including Romania (76.6), Poland (79.7) and Lithuania (81.3), where the gross domestic products levels are lower than that of Korea. In contrast, the youths in the Netherlands (94.2), Iceland (90.2) and Finland (89.8) are the happiest in their daily lives.
The result was measured by an international assessment standard by asking young people to rate the degree of their general satisfaction with life on a scale of one to ten. The survey included the life satisfaction index for the first time.
The child deprivation index of South Korea which was also recently added to the data finished at the bottom compared with other OECD nations, representing 54.8 percent, much higher than that of Hungary (31.9%), Portugal (27.4%) and Poland (20.9%).
The index shows a percentage of children lacking more than two items out of 14 such as three meals a day, having a study room at home, possessing new clothes or having an opportunity to invite friends. Korean children reportedly have fewer opportunities to enjoy hobbies, play sports and participate in activities.
The deprivation index of underprivileged children stood at more than 85 percent, while the index of kids living with a single parent or grandparents represented 75.9 percent.
By Veronica Huh (firstname.lastname@example.org)