Dutch youth are spoilt but happy

Young people between the ages of 16 and 24 are worried about ‘the youth of today’, according to a survey carried out by research institute TNS Nipo for the Volkskrant and broadcaster NCRV.

Some 66% of young people thinks the balance between rights and responsibilities has tilted in the wrong direction, according to the survey.
Parents spoil their children too much and do not teach them to take others into consideration.
The survey also says that 75% of older generations are not happy with the way children are raised.


Child-centred upbringing has been the trend in the Netherlands since the 1970s as a result of smaller families and growing prosperity and this had led to a generation which is demanding and self-centred.
But Dutch children are also the happiest in the western world, according to a World Health Organisation survey in 2008. The report found they are the most pleased with life, get on well with their parents, have a large social network and like their schools.
A UNICEF report a year earlier also found that Dutch teenagers are the happiest in the developed world.

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