One in three children are living with a parent in emotional distress
New analysis by Public Health England has found that 29% of children live in a household where at least one parent is reporting symptoms of emotional distress.
This is the highest figure since records began in 2010. The data taken from Understanding Society showed that mothers were more likely to report symptoms of emotional distress, with one in five children living in a household where the mother was suffering. This compares to around one in eight children living in households where it was the father who was distressed.
Public Health England found that children were more likely to live with a parent reporting emotional problems if both parents were out of work. 50.6% of children living in households where neither parent was in work had a least one parent reporting symptoms of distress.
Public Health England commented on the findings, "Parental emotional distress can lead to mental health problems including anxiety and depression. It is associated with an increased risk of later behavioural and emotional difficulties in children."
You can find the full statistics from Public Health England here.
The analysis has received media coverage, including:
- The Daily Mail, Percentage of children with parent in emotional distress at record high
- Manchester Evening News, Record numbers of children live with a parent in emotional distress
- Huffington Post, How to support a parent in emotional distress - as nearly a third of children are impacted