Kids’ Happiness Doesn’t Depend on 2 Natural Parents, Says Study

Cites relationship quality, bullying at school as key factors (HealthDay News) — Children who live with a stepparent or a single parent are just as happy as kids in homes with two biological parents, a new British study finds. “It’s the quality of the relationships in the home that matters — not the family composition,’ said Jenny Chanfreau, of the NatCen Social Research team that conducted the study. “Getting on well with siblings, having fun with the family at weekends, and having a parent who reported rarely or never shouting when the child was naughty, were all linked with a higher likelihood of being happy all the time among 7-year-olds,” she said. Researchers analyzed data collected from nearly 13,000 British 7-year-olds who took part in a 2008 survey. There was no significant difference in happiness levels among children in three different parenting situations: living with a biological parent and stepparent;...

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