More than a fifth of Coventry
school pupils aged between 12 and 15 have been offered illegal drugs,
according to a major survey.
The study, the first of its
kind in Coventry, was conducted among 16 secondary schools and
involved over 3,000 pupils.
Results from the survey are
being used by Coventry Health Authority to plan services for young
people and to see what sort of health education is needed to stop
The survey, which was carried
out between March and July in 1999, revealed that Coventry youngsters
face many of the same issues that have cropped up in national figures.
than 20 per cent of those questioned said they had been offered
illegal drugs – a similar figure to national trends.
thirds said they were satisfied with their life “quite a lot”
or “very much”.
three-quarters did homework in the evening prior to the survey,
with over 40 per cent of these doing more than an hour.
TV is the most reported leisure activity. Other past-times include
playing computer games, reading, listening to music, playing
sport, meeting friends and caring for pets.
to national figures, smoking and drinking appears to be lower in
than 20 per cent sometimes feel afraid of going to school because
half would like to lose weight, but 11 per cent said they would
like to put weight on.
Phil Deakin, Senior Health
Promotion Specialist at Coventry Health Authority, said:
“This is the first survey
of whole school years of Coventry school pupils and provides
valuable information on their health and health-related behaviour.
“It provides a foundation
on which to design services and support to improve their health.
“It should be borne in
mind though, that, on the whole Coventry school pupils are normal
healthy people, no different to other young people across England.
“However there are groups
whose health and health-related behaviours give cause for concern
and need additional support.