Lack of parental fulfilment
Other Names: Stress of parenthood
Nature: Many parents find that their children are not the source of joy and satisfaction that they expected.
Incidence: Two-thirds of single parents in the UK are divorced. For many it was the arrival of children, together with failed expectations, financial difficulties and loss of independence, that precipitated the break up of the the marriage.
Claim: Statistics show that marriages without children are much safer. Children can break up a relationship that would survive quite happily otherwise.
Problem Type: E: Emanations of other problems
Date of last update 01.01.2000 – 00:00 CET