Most Taiwanese children satisfied with their lives: survey

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According to a recent survey, released on Monday, International Children's Rights Day, the majority of children in Taiwan are satisfied with their lives, although the percentage is below the global average, according to the results of a survey released. (CNA)

TAIPEI (CNA) – The majority of children in Taiwan are satisfied with their lives, although the percentage is below the global average, according to the results of a survey released on Monday, International Children’s Rights Day.

The survey, which was conducted May 24 to June 23, found that 82.8 percent of Taiwan’s children rated their subjective life satisfaction higher than 60 on a scale of 100, the Child Welfare League Foundation said in a press statement.

Only 17.2 percent gave a score under 60 that indicated dissatisfaction, the foundation said.

However, the percentage of children in Taiwan who expressed satisfaction with their lives was lower than the world average of 87.5 percent, the foundation said.

It also named advanced western countries where the percentage was higher than 90, for example, the Netherlands (92.3 percent), Norway (90 percent) and Denmark (90 percent).

According to the survey, most Taiwanese children can sit down for a meal with their parents no more than four days per week — a frequency that has been declining every year since 2012.

In terms of children’s education rights, only 15.2 percent of children in Taiwan enjoy going to school, compared with 46.8 percent in Norway, 42.2 percent in the Netherlands, and the average 33.5 percent worldwide, the survey found.

In terms of children’s rights with regard to participating in events or meetings and expressing views, 16.3 percent of those in Taiwan think that their views are often ignored or rejected by adults, according to the poll.

The survey collected 1,598 valid samples from fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth graders in Taiwan. It had a confidence level of 95 percent and a margin of error of plus or minus 2.45 percentage points.

In November 2014, Taiwan decided to adopt the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, which meant it would work to improve children’s rights in line with internationally accepted standards.

By C.W. Hsu and Flor Wang