Children living with parents in emotional distress: March 2021 update

29th March, 2021 4:34 pm

Public Health England (PHE) has published an update to 4 indicators reporting on the proportion of children living with:

  • at least one parent reporting symptoms of emotional distress
  • a mother reporting symptoms of emotional distress
  • a father reporting symptoms of emotional distress
  • both parents reporting symptoms of emotional distress.

Data is available:

  • for trends between the periods 2010 to 2011 and 2018 to 2019
  • by family type and work status.

Documents:

 

Main findings:

This update shows that for the period 2018 to 2019 in England:

  • around 1 in 3 children lived with at least one parent reporting emotional distress – this measure includes children living in either a lone or couple parent family
  • around 1 in 4 children lived with a mother (in either a lone or couple parent family) reporting emotional distress
  • around 1 in 7 children lived with a father (in either a lone or couple parent family) reporting emotional distress
  • around 1 in 22 children lived with 2 parents reporting emotional distress – this measure includes children living in couple parent families only

All 4 indicators show an increase on the data reported for the period 2017 to 2018.

Children living in couple parent families were more likely to live with a parent reporting emotional distress if both parents were out of work.

 

Source: Public Health England

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