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Q: UK Statistics for family breakups ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: UK Statistics for family breakups
Category: Family and Home > Families
Asked by: funbobby-ga
List Price: $25.00
Posted: 03 Mar 2004 06:28 PST
Expires: 02 Apr 2004 06:28 PST
Question ID: 312926
I would like (if they exist!) recent UK statistics on the following:

1.  Number of marriages per year
2.  Number of divorces per year
3.  Percentage of children born to married parents
4.  Percentage of children born to single parents
5.  Statistical evidence of the lack of a mother to a child's development
6.  Statistical evidence of the lack of a father to a child's development

Anything else that would be useful to explain why the family structure
is crucial to the raising of children and why, ultimately, it is the
building block of our society.

If you can't find UK, I will accept US figures.

This might be a tall order so I'll price it at $25 and if the
answer(s) meet (or exceed) my expectations I'll give a $10 tip.

Many thanks!

Request for Question Clarification by answerfinder-ga on 03 Mar 2004 10:05 PST
Dear funbobby-ga,
I have started to research your question and I now need to know your
views on the following:-
I have found some very complex information on demographic trends for
England & Wales, but not the UK. This information will answer points 1
- 4. The information is contained in some complex tables and too
detailed to post here. I would be refering you to the various
documents for you to extract the information you require (I shall be
indicating relevant page numbers). Does this meet with your

As for points 5 & 6, by 'child's development' do you mean Economic
disadvantages? Physical and mental health? Education? Or all three?


Clarification of Question by funbobby-ga on 03 Mar 2004 10:25 PST
Hi answerfinder and many thanks for helping!

Yes, England and Wales stats would be great, and just refering me to
the correct place would be fine.

Points 5 and 6, yes I guess I do mean all three.

By the way, is the price okay for this type of question, or a little
low.  Be honest!

Subject: Re: UK Statistics for family breakups
Answered By: answerfinder-ga on 03 Mar 2004 12:19 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Dear funbobby-ga,

Thank you for your helpful clarification.

The UK Government?s Office for National Statistics provides
information to answer your points 1 ? 4.

1. Number of marriages per year
2. Number of divorces per year
3. Percentage of children born to married parents  
4. Percentage of children born to single parents 

These tables provide information on marriages, divorces, length of
marriage, number of children at the time of divorce. The document is
very complex, I suggest you use the hyperlinks within the description
of the table (pages 4 to 9) to view the actual table.

"Marriage, divorce and adoption statistics 2001 provides statistics on
marriages solemnised, and dissolutions and annulments of marriages
granted, in England and Wales during 2001, as well as adoption orders
in England and Wales during 2002. Summary statistics are also given in
many tables for the 11 years 1991-2001, or other recent periods."

This is the pdf format for 2001 (155 pages)

Another document from the same site contains a report titled: 
"Unmarried parenthood: new insights from the Millennium Cohort Study.
This study uses information from the Millennium Cohort Study to
examine the characteristics of families where children are born within
a marriage, within a cohabiting union or outside of a co-residential 
partnership. (page 26 onwards)"

Also includes tables on live births inside and outside marriage (page 49 /50)

"The mental health of children and adolescents in Great Britain
The report of a survey carried out in 1999 by Social Survey Division
of the Office for National Statistics on behalf of the Department of
Health, the Scottish Health Executive and the National Assembly for
Page 12 - "Children of lone parents were about twice as likely to have
a mental health problem than those living with married or cohabiting
couples:16% compared with 8%."

Your question has obviously been the subject of much research by
social scientists. I will now refer you to a number of sites which
summarise various statistics from studies, reports, journals etc. I
have not looked at any of these source documents because of the sheer
size of the subject.
Single Parent families Scotland ? Various statistics on the standard
of Living, Education etc.
Apart from this page the site contains additional background information.

Independent ?think-tank? and charity Civitas (UK) 
Articles on the disadvantages of single parent families with fully
sourced supporting statistics.
Further Factsheets from the same site

Various statistics quoted by this web site

Summary of the report: The Outcomes for Children of Poverty  (UK).
Single parent families discussed.

I hope this answers your question. If it does not, or the answer is
unclear, then please ask for clarification of this research before
rating the answer. I shall respond to the clarification request as
soon as I receive it.

As regards to the price. Researchers voluntary accept a question if
they believe the price fairly represents the time it would take to
research the subject. The fact that I have answered it indicates that
I considered it a fair price ? but subject to a limit on the number of
sources I could refer you to because of the sheer size of the
available information.
Thank you

Search strategy
"single parent" uk statistics children and variations of these terms

Request for Answer Clarification by funbobby-ga on 03 Mar 2004 12:46 PST
Thanks answerfinder.  I'll have a good read through all the info and
links tomorrow and rate the answer then.

Kind regards

Request for Answer Clarification by funbobby-ga on 04 Mar 2004 02:45 PST
Hi answerfinder.  Firstly many thanks for such a well researched answer.

I spent ages trying to find those statistics and your search strategy
will certainly help me do better in the future.

The stats are perfect, just what I was looking for. 

If you fancy a $35 tip I would like just a little more info on points
5 & 6 - the effect removing a mother has on a child's development. 
Then the same details for removing a father.

In particular I'm interested in the different role each parent has on
the development of a child.  For example, less confidence, less
respect for authority, etc.

Hope you can help and many thanks for what you've done so far.

Clarification of Answer by answerfinder-ga on 04 Mar 2004 06:22 PST
Dear funbobby-ga,
Here are some additional articles on the removal of either parent from
the child. I?m afraid the vast majority of it relates to the father.
Much of the research on this topic is available through academic
journals at a cost, so I have limited my searching to open source

"FATHERS are a crucial influence on their children's success in later
life, a study has found.....The research findings from this project
have not been published in the form of a findings report?

"Fathers who are closely involved in their children's upbringing have
a positive impact on academic achievement, researchers say."

"What good are Dads? An examination of literature on the Father?s role
in the family" (UK). Fully sourced. It shows the role men undertake in
a family - if they are present, that is.

Absent fathers linked to teenage pregnancies

"Fatherless Homes, Darker Prospects" (US data)

"This paper examines the effects absent fathers have on their
daughters' development and their college attendance." US

"Department of Health and Children, Ireland - Report: Fathers and
families: Research and reflection on key questions." Including a
chapter on : What impact do Fathers have on children ? page 19 (fully

"A man?s place in the home: Fathers and families in the UK" (use the
links on the sources at the bottom of the page to find further
information on related topics).

Finally, this book appears to be essential reading:
The Role of the Father in Child Development, Michael E. Lamb (Editor)

The Effects of Early Maternal Employment on Child Development in the UK

Additional statistics which I came across which may be of interest.

"Demographic Trends in the UK. First report for the project WELFARE

Social Focus on Men.
Numerous tables some of which refer to their role as single parent fathers.


Search strategy (variations used)
"absent fathers" child development
"absent fathers" "child development" uk
"mothers role" "child development" uk
"absent mother" "child development" uk
funbobby-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $35.00
Answerfinder, you are a star!

That's just what I was looking for, and you've pointed me in the right
direction for further in-depth study.

A perfect answer.  Many thanks

Subject: Re: UK Statistics for family breakups
From: answerfinder-ga on 04 Mar 2004 07:38 PST
Dear funbobby-ga,
Thank you for your rating and the generous tip. Pleased I could help.
Best wishes.

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