Children in single parent families ‘worse behaved’

Telegraph (UK) 15 Oct 2010
Some 12 per cent of children brought up by one parent displayed series behavioural problems by the age of seven, it was disclosed, compared with just six per cent of youngsters raised by both natural parents. The disclosure is made as part of a major study of around 14,000 children born in Britain between 2000 and 2002. It found that family make-up, parental qualifications and household income had a major effect on children’s behaviour at a young age, which could have “damaging long-term consequences”. In a separate analysis, researchers also discovered that children with younger mothers had a “much more difficult start in life” than those with mothers over 30. They were far less likely to have married parents and more than seven times as likely to have step fathers, it was disclosed. 
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