MHLU - Health Status Resource

Youth Attitudes and Behaviours

Youth Attitudes and Behaviours

Key Findings: 
  • About 95% of youth ages 12 to 19 in Middlesex-London reported being in excellent or good health (Fig. 10.8) and the same proportion in good or excellent mental health (Fig. 10.9). This was generally consistent with rates from Ontario and the Peer Group and over time (2003 to 2009/10).
  • Almost 9 out of every 10 Middlesex-London youth ages 12 to 19 reported feeling a sense of belonging to the local community in 2009/10 (Fig 10.10). This rate is statistically significantly higher than Ontario and the Peer Group rates by 18% and 15%, respectively, and represents a statistically significant increase since 2003 when only two-thirds of youth reported this belief in Middlesex-London (Fig 10.10).
  • About 8 out of 10 Middlesex-London youth ages 12 to 19 in 2009/10 reported never having smoked cigarettes (Fig. 10.11).  Data on the proportion of current smokers was too unreliable to report due to small numbers.
  • Less than one-third of Middlesex-London youth ages 12-18 reported having consumed alcohol in the past 12 months in 2009/10 (Fig. 10.12). Youth drinking rates in Ontario have declined slightly from 2003 to 2009/10. Rates in Middlesex-London may have also declined during this time period, however, this is not statistically significant.
  • About one-half of Middlesex-London youth reported being physically active during their leisure time in 2009/10 (Fig. 10.13). No statistically significant differences in rates in Middlesex-London were detected over time or compared with Ontario and the Peer Group.
Interpretive Notes

Data presented in this section on youth behaviours and perceptions are from the Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS). Responses are from youth ages 12 to 19 from Middlesex-London.