BLACK kids are far more likely to have low self-esteem and a lack of interest in socialising, according to a new report.
Black children are far less likely to be happy with their lives, study findsBlack children who are born to single parents have the lowest levels of self-worth and confidence than other kids in the study.
A new study found the lack of self esteem and low self esteem are linked to poorer socialisation, poor academic performance and a wider range of problems.
The report by the National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling (NCESEM) found the Black child has lower levels of emotional well-being than other children, is less likely than the white child to want to socialise and is far less inclined to be satisfied with their life.
“These findings highlight the need for a wider focus on the experiences of Black children,” the report said.
It found Black children are also more likely than their white peers to be socially isolated, suffer from behavioural problems and have a poor health.
“Children from Black families with children of colour are more likely then White children to have a low self confidence and lower self esteem,” the NCESEM report said, “with lower levels in all of these areas, compared to other racial groups.”
The report also found Black kids are more prone to mental health issues and are more susceptible to physical health problems.
It is hoped the new report will help the wider community to develop a holistic approach to socialisation and mental health, the NCISEM said.
“This report is an important contribution to the development of a comprehensive national strategy to promote and support Black children and their families to thrive in their social environment,” Dr David Kato, head of the NCOSEM, said.
The NCESem report is the first to examine how different characteristics of Black people affected their wellbeing.
Its findings suggest Black children from lower socio-economic backgrounds are less likely and less satisfied with themselves and their lives than white children.
Dr Kato said that, when it came to school performance, Black children had worse scores than White children in reading and mathematics, and worse scores in all other subjects.
“When it comes to social and emotional wellbeing, we know that Black children have lower levels and more negative outcomes compared to White children,” Dr Kato told ABC Radio.
The research found Black and White children who attended school together had similar levels of academic achievement, but they also had higher rates of behavioural problems, social isolation and psychological distress.
“It is the fact that these two groups of children are socially isolated from each other and their peers, which makes them vulnerable to a range of negative outcomes including lower self-confidence, lower levels, and lower academic achievement,” Dr Pascual said.
In the report, Dr Pournelle and her colleagues also found a significant difference in the lives of Black and white children who have similar social and academic experiences.
Black students have significantly lower rates of self satisfaction, with the rate of self harm and depression also higher than the rate for White students.
Black pupils who attend school together have significantly higher rates and more depressive outcomes.
Black school pupils who have higher levels of socio-emotional wellbeing have significantly greater levels of social isolation, anxiety and depression.