On the initiative of UNICEF Netherlands, Utrecht University, the Trimbos Institute and Alexander Foundation are starting with a research project into the well-being of youngsters in the Netherlands. In this research, ‘Geluk onder druk?’, the youngsters themselves get a voice. One of these youngsters is the 18-year old Luc: “I co-observe the results to determine what is needed to really improve the well-being of youngsters.”
Dutch children are among the happiest youngsters in Europe, as was shown in the HBSC research led by researchers of Utrecht University. At the same time, there are more and more signals that the mental well-being of youngsters in the Netherlands is under pressure. Stress due to high pressure to perform, depression, loneliness and fear of failure appear to occur more and more often. It is possible that this is caused by the more and more complex society, which sets high demands for children in intellectual, social and societal terms.