Map of Simcoe Muskoka

Quality of Life

Psychological Distress Among Youth

Overall
Grade
Sex
Socioeconomic Status

Overall

According to the 2015 Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey (OSDUHS), 20% (18.3%, 21.5%) of Simcoe Muskoka students (Grades 7-12) experienced severe psychological distress in the four-weeks prior to the survey, which was significantly higher than the provincial average of 14% (12.5%, 16.0%).

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By Grade

Psychological distress is significantly worse for high school students when compared to Grades 7 and 8 students. In Simcoe Muskoka in 2015, 77% (70.3%, 82.4%) of students in Grades 7 and 8 reported not experiencing any psychological distress in the previous four-weeks, which was significantly better than the 59% (50.4%, 67.7%) of high school students. Additionally, 23% (18.3%, 28.5%) of high school students reported severe psychological distress in the previous four-weeks, which was significantly higher than the 12% (7.6%, 18.0%) of Grade 7 and 8 students.

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By Sex

Psychological distress is significantly worse for female students (Grades 7-12) when compared to male students. In Simcoe Muskoka in 2015, 78% (70.9%, 83.7%) of male students reported not experiencing any psychological distress in the previous four-weeks, which was significantly better than the 49% (48.6%, 55.8%) of female students. Additionally, 30% (24.1%, 36.1%) of female students reported severe psychological distress in the previous four-weeks, which was significantly higher than the 11% (7.5%, 16.6%) of male students.

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By Socioeconomic Status

Psychological distress is significantly worse for students with lower perceived socioeconomic status (SES) when compared with students with higher perceived SES. In Simcoe Muskoka in 2015, 76% (69.5%, 81.9%) of students (Grades 7-12) with the highest perceived SES reported no psychological distress in the previous four-weeks, which was significantly higher than the 42% (32.2%, 51.4%) of students in the lowest SES that reported no psychological distress in the previous four weeks. Additionally, 41% (32.2%, 51.1%) of students in the lowest SES reported their severe psychological distress, which was significantly higher when compared with students in both the middle and the highest SES.

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