Having parents split up ‘worse than not having money’

Another reminder of why we must do more to strengthen marriages and prevent divorce.

Having parents split up is worse for a child’s happiness than not having money, a major multi-million pound study has suggested. In findings which may prove a comfort to every parent confronted with ‘pester power’ at the till, the Understanding Society project found that not living with both natural parents adversely affected a child’s ‘life satisfaction’ more than the household’s material situation. In fact, neither poverty or wealth influences happiness, according to the research – although the more siblings they have, the unhappier they are.