Family Kids &Youth carried out research for the Schoolwear Association, which revealed fascinating insights into how school uniform helps to reduce children’s anxiety about their appearance and fitting in with their peers. As one Year 9 student told the researchers: “With uniform, you can’t be judged. Without uniform, everyone would be competing about what the style is, what the trend is, what you need to wear. I think there’d be more bullying as well and it would be more stress in the morning.”
Lead researcher for Family Kids & Youth, Barbie Clarke said: “School uniform seems to play an important role in establishing identity among young people of this age. It can protect adolescents from being picked on. This creates a greater degree of self-confidence, and ultimately helps with the fundamental adolescent need to be accepted by others.