Kids close to parent of oppositie sex less likely to suffer from poor mental health" study
THEY may be the butt of jokes, but mummy’s boys are less likely to suffer from poor mental health or unpopularity at school, research suggests.
And the same is true for daddy’s girls, who enjoy a similar lift in their self-esteem and confidence.
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The study by the UK Marriage Foundation concluded that boys and girls who are close to their parent of the opposite sex fare better at coping with teenage life.
The research found boys deemed “extremely close” to their mothers at 14 were 41 per cent less likely to have mental health problems. Girls close to their fathers were 44 per cent less likely to suffer emotional problems or have trouble with their peers.
While boys were happier when their parents were married, girls were more reassured by their parents demonstrating a high-quality relationship.
The analysis found that the biggest factor affecting teenage mental health was family breakdown.
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