Partial truths from family research

Respected US research organisation Child Trends has published a study showing that children tend to do well when their parents have a happy relationship — and vice-versa. So far, so good.

In more detail the researchers claim:

Almost without exception, the lowest levels of positive child outcomes are found among children in families where the parent reports that their relationship is “not too happy.” In contrast, the best child outcomes are found almost without exception among children whose parents report that their relationship is “completely happy.” Positive child outcomes for children whose parents report a “very happy” relationship are generally second highest, and children whose parents have a “fairly happy” relationship fall next.

This pattern holds across various subgroups of child gender, child age, family type, race and ethnicity, immigrant status, parent education, and family income.

Wait a minute, says family scholar Elizabeth Marquardt. We know that family type does make a difference to child outcomes.

Read the whole piece HERE.

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