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Move over dads! A happy mother makes a greater
contribution to her child's overall happiness than the father, a study suggests.
In a survey of 6,441 women, 5,384 men and 1,268 children aged between 10 and 15
years, from 40,000 households, 60 percent of young say they are 'completely
satisfied' with their family situation.
But in families where the child's mother is unhappy in her partnership, only 55
percent of them admit being 'completely happy.'
Professor John Ermisch, Maria Iacovou, and Alexandra Skew from the Institute for
Social and Economic Research (ISER), found that the happiest children are those
living with two parents - either biological or step - with no younger siblings.
They do not quarrel with their parents regularly and eat at least three evening
meals per week with their family, according to an ISER statement.
Iacovou added: "At a time when there is widespread political concern about
'Broken Britain', these findings show that family relationships and the
happiness of parents are key to the happiness of young people.
"Contrary to the popular belief that children only want to spend time playing
videogames or watching TV, we found that they were most happy when interacting
with their parents or siblings."
The research also finds that having older siblings is not related to children's
happiness with their family, but having younger siblings in the household is
associated with lower levels of satisfaction. The younger the siblings, the
greater the effect, the study said.
But relationships with parents are even more important than relationships with
siblings. Only 28 percent of children who quarrel more than once a week with
their parents, and do not discuss important matters with them, are completely
happy with their families.