Published: 3rd June 2016
Data from the study also highlights that:
Dr Marjoribanks added: ‘It is not just the actual breakdown of the relationship itself, it's specifically the conflict that surrounds that. It means that when relationships end it is not deemed to inevitably harm children, far from it. The point is, it is the conflict in intact relationships that can be just as damaging, as when relationships end.’
‘Children who grow up with parents who have highly conflicted relationships are much more likely to have mental and physical health problems, to not do as well at school and end up in antisocial behaviour and criminality even.’ Dr Marjoribanks also said that, in his experience, many couples suffer in silence for a number of years before seeking professional help, by which point it is often too late to try and salvage the relationship.
The chief executive of Relate, Chris Sherwood, described the results of the study as 'hugely concerning' and warned that families cannot go on like this for much longer. He also announced the launch of the charity’s new Breaking Point appeal, which is calling for donations to help make its services available to all families, not just to those higher income families who can affordit.
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