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Boys are more confident

5th May 2011

Boys have emerged as being more confident than girls at expressing themselves in a new survey.

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The study, of 6,000 8-16-year-olds, found that boys felt more confident expressing their views in class and social situations.

Some 69% of boys said they were very confident or confident speaking in front of classmates, compared with 57% of girls – a move experts say makes the stereotype of inarticulate male teenagers an outdated one.

The Communication Trust and National Literacy Trust survey found more boys than girls also said they felt confident saying no to friends, talking to new people, explaining their point of view, asking when they didn’t understand something and talking with teachers.

The only areas where more girls felt more confident were "talking to people online" (85% to 82%) and "listening to other people's opinions" (93% to 89%).

National Literacy Trust director Jonathan Douglas said: “While many people believe teenage boys are not the most articulate members of society, like Harry Enfield's Kevin-the-teenager character, our research shows this is an outdated view.

“The survey paints a completely different picture of young males as confident communicators who are incredibly aware of the important role communication skills play in a successful school, work and social life.”

England’s communication champion Jean Gross said the findings exposed the myth that boys did not want to improve their communication skills.

The survey was conducted as part of the Hello campaign which aims to raise the profile of communication skills for young people across the UK during 2011.

 

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