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Ability to 'be themselves'


Being accepted for who they are builds self-esteem and resilience, and children and young people who do not feel able to be themselves can struggle with feelings of low self-esteem, depression and anxiety. This indicator looks at children and young people (aged 12-18 years) who agree that it is easy for them to express their identity. 

During consultation on the Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy, many children told us they wanted to be able to 'be themselves' - accepted and valued for who they were, and able to express themselves to whānau and friends. An inclusive society is important for social cohesion, but is also important for children and young people's development as they try to establish their 'place' and personal identity.

While the ability to be accepted for who they are will impact many children and young people, those in the rainbow community, with disabilities, Māori, Pacific and other racial minorities, migrant and refugee children can face particular challenges due to discrimination and bias.

This indicator relates to the 'accepted, respected and accepted' outcome.

How will we measure this?

  • This indicator will be measured using data from the Youth Health and Wellbeing Survey - 'WhatAboutMe?'
  • Baseline data from the survey is expected in 2021.

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Last updated: 
Thursday, 23 July 2020