Children brought up by single parents and in step families are three times as likely to suffer from mental health problems, a major study has found.
Research on more than 10,000 children found that those brought up by both natural parents are far less likely to suffer severe emotional and behavioural problems.
The major study by University College London shows large differences in the well-being of children, depending on their upbringing.
Experts said the findings added to “a mountain of evidence” about the damage caused by family breakdown, with children left stressed by marital breakdowns, or falling into poverty which could increase their risk of psychiatric distress.
You mean a species which has evolved all sorts of things to keep a breeding couple together through the decades finds that breeding couples not staying together through the decades ain’t a good idea?
All those things, the female orgasm, concealed ovulation, tits, face to face sex, female survival past menopause, pair bonding itself: you mean all of these things do in fact lead to better raising of the resultant offspring? The very reasons they evolved in the first place, not “because”, but as those who did these things outbred those who didn’t and thus became the ancestors of us all?
My word, that is a surprise, isn’t it?
Not that science is going to be allowed to come in the way of a socially constructed narrative of course.
There is actually a reason why American fathers throw baseballs at pubescent sons. It’s just as much a part of the build a human being kit as some Masai showing a child which end of the spear you stick in a lion. And that’s why it just takes 20 odd years to produce a human ready to produce grandchildren, just because it does. For two people…..