High-achieving girls from academically pressured backgrounds have been shown to be vulnerable to eating disorders, depression and anxiety at university. I would say that their rebellion, while apparently "mild" compared with a more "traditional delinquent underachieving truant", is no less concerning. Such behaviour shows a lack of self-assurance and self-respect - qualities vital for the development of mentally healthy, stable young adults. We need to recognise that a person's success is much more about character than academic performance.
Joanna Dunn, Parent, Nottingham.