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YOUNGSTERS LIVING IN RURAL AREAS 'FEEL UNHAPPY AND ALIENATED'

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A survey carried out by researchers from University College, Northampton, suggests that parents who move from the c...
A survey carried out by researchers from University College, Northampton, suggests that parents who move from the city to the countryside to provide a better life for their children may be misguided, reports The Express (p29).

Youngsters living in villages feel unhappy and alienated, according to the report. Yet their urban counterparts are content, and use the street as an important place to meet friends.

Rather than feeling part of the community, young people living in the countryside feel dislocated and detached from village life, the survey found.

Professor Hugh Matthews, co-author of the report, said: 'What particularly sets apart children in rural areas is the sharp contrast between the idea of the rural idyll and the realities and experiences of growing up in small remote, poorly-serviced and fractured communities.'

The research, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, included children from suburban and rural areas.
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