30 per cent of Taiwan students have contemplated suicide
(dpa) - Taiwan high school students are under so much pressure that 30 per cent of them have contemplated suicide and 20 per cent have inflicted injury upon themselves, according to a survey published Sunday.
The Common Health magazine poll of 3,435 high school students showed that many suffer from school pressure and relationship problems with parents, schoolmates and friends.
Nearly 40 per cent said they had not spoken to their parents on the previous day. Because of heavy homework, Taiwan high school students on the average sleep 7 hours per day and cannot go to bed until after 11 pm, the pollsters said.
The magazine also questioned 770 parents of high school students to see how they interact with their children. Most parents admitted they communicate poorly with their children.
Some parents said their communication was limited to three sentences: "Have you eaten?" "Have you taken your bath?" and "Have you done your homework?"