Monday, February 28, 2011

Divorce or Separation May Be Worse for Child Happiness Than Poverty

Ingmar Bergman's Scenes from a Marriage.
From An opinion on film.
Today The Daily Mail reports on something that you may already suspect:  divorce or separation of parents has a more negative effect on children's life satisfaction than poverty. This information comes from a new survey by the Understanding Society, a British government-funded organization.

Initial findings show that British children rank lower in overall life satisfaction than children in other developed countries. Parental happiness plays a big role in how happy they feel. They also experience a higher prevalence of bullying than children in the United States.

The researchers interviewed 34,500 people, including 2,000 children between 10 and 15 years old. The organization hopes to survey around 100,000 people every year to gain a deeper understanding of issues such as health, crime, finances, and work.

Professor Nick Buck, the director of Understanding Society, says, "We are collecting a much richer set of data than the national census, for instance, and I think this is going to lead to a major change in the way social research is performed, to understand how individual wellbeing and happiness is developed, and how behavior impacts on later outcomes."


  1. ¬From The President…- American Society of Adolescent Psychiatry
    BY Joseph Kenan, M.D.
    When first I joined ASAP seven years ago, I saw the organization as a strong, vibrant, and thriving organization…
    The 2010 ASAP annual conference was an unqualified success…
    Most important, the conference was a BLAST. Bobby Trendy, our celebrity guest-host for the Saturday reception at Eleven NightClub, WILL NOT STOP TALKING about all the amazing people he met and hopes that you all contact him to purchase pieces from his OVERPRICED and LUXURIOUS furniture collection….
    The OSCAR-watching party at the ABBEY NIGHTCLUB was off the hook! Yes, that was PARIS HILTON in the VIP section. (The event didn’t cost ASAP a dime.)
    Anyone who missed the local community AWARDS SHOW at the PLAYBOY MANSION missed the CHANCE OF A LIFETIME. ASAP took the award for “BEST NATIONAL ORGANIZATION SERVING ADOLESCENTS” during the event. Thank you MR. HEFNER, for hosting us. You are the consummate host.
    Finally, ABAP (American Board of Adolescent Psychiatry) and ASAP merged. The ASAP governing board has established a new council on Board Certification in Adolescent Psychiatry with our own Richard Ratner, M.D. as council chair. The council is working to develop a new exam at this time but board certification for Adolescent Psychiatry is ALIVE AND WELL.
    Mark your calendars: the next ASAP conference is MARCH 26 and 27, 2011 in New York….
    And that’s the State of the Organization. Thank you. Good night.

  2. This is an amazing post! i have been affected by divorce and it was the worst period of my life. Really interesting to see a blog like this!

    Love Belle

  3. Thank you! Your comments mean a lot to me.