Interesting findings of a new study commissioned by the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture: Icelandic children and youths report feeling better today, in the midst of the kreppa, than they did three years ago during the “boom years”.
The study was a continuation of previous studies in the same vein that have been conducted since 1992. It was done through questionnaires distributed in grades 5-10 last February, just after the government collapsed. There was an 85% response rate.
According to one of the conductors of the study, the findings show that Icelandic children now spend more time with their parents and that parents’ support and supervision of their kids has increased. Fewer children are lonely, insecure, or suffer from sleeplessness, and fewer teenagers reported arguing with their parents or seeing their parents argue in the period preceding the study.
“Much has been said about the so called kreppa-effect, that the kreppa has a negative effect on children’s emotional well being. We do not see that in this study. On the contrary, the children evidently feel better cared for today. Many reported feeling insecure during the boom years,” Álfgeir Logi Kristjánsson, one of the authors of the study, told Fréttablaðið today.
So – yay! At the end of the day this might even be worth the cost of the fricking Icesave bill.
GRAY AND RAINY
The weather today. Mild, though – you know, relatively. And calm. 6°C [54F]. Sunrise 8.41, sunset 5.41.
PS – Baldur Guðlaugsson just resigned.