87% of young people happier when they have quality time with their dads
Research in the UK has found that young people who have the opportunity to spend quality time with their fathers on “most days’ are happier and more well balanced compared to those who don’t.
The Children’s Society released findings by the British Household Panel survey of 1,200 teenagers in the UK aged from 11 years old to 15 years old.
It is of concern though that 46% of the young people said they “hardly ever” spent time with their fathers talking about issues that were important to them.
The study was carried out by the University of York and found that as teenagers get older they spend less quality time with their fathers talking about the things that matter to them most.
42% of the surveyed 11 year olds spent time talking to their dads more than once a week; however by the age of 15 years this figure had dropped to 16%.
The figures are “highly significant” because experts worldwide now recognise that a child’s well-being later in life depends on their teenage relationship with their father as well as with their mother.
The Children’s Society has launched a Fatherhood Commission to gather the views of both experts and the general public alike (including children), in the hope of exploring further the barriers to a father’s involvement with their children as they grow older and go through their teenage years.
Bob Reitemeier, chief executive of the Children’s Society, said: “This research shows that young people’s happiness is closely linked to how often they speak to their fathers about things that matter. Yet all too often these days, children are becoming alienated or live apart from their fathers”.