Young people in the UK still conform to stereotypes
- By: Kay Brennan
Male and female stereotyping still hampers young people, a new United Kingdom government report shows.
The report, Young People and Gender, commissioned by the government's women's unit, says that inside, outside, and beyond secondary school, young men and women are under continual pressure to conform to traditional behaviour. Boys are more likely than girls to break the law or be involved in crime, alcohol misuse, and illegal drugs. Girls are more at risk of depression, eating disorders, and self harm and are much more likely to start smoking. At school, girls avoid physics and information technology and choose English, biology, history, and modern languages.
The report follows the recent A level shock in which girls achieved better results than boys, after years of outperforming them at GCSE level. David Blunkett, the education secretary, has promised to look at whether single sex lessons will help boys' achievements. But the report warns