Changing Times For Children

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Source: National Statistics – Social Trends 32

There have been considerable changes in the family environment in which children live. The majority of children grow up in a family with two parents. Children are living in an increasing variety of different family structures, and these are not static.

Children's diets are not meeting guidelines to protect them against disease and an increasing proportion of children are obese.

pic_article_0199.jpgThe levels of exercise in children are lower than recommended, but there have been falls in the smoking levels and improvements in dental health.

There have been improvements in Educational achievement at both GCSE and GCE A levels for both sexes since the mid-1990s.

A greater proportion of disadvantaged children have mental disorders and try to harm themselves, are more likely to live in rented accommodation in families with the lowest income, and are more likely to be victims of burglary.

Due to changes in cohabitation, marriage and divorce patterns, children may experience a range of different family structures during their life. It has been estimated that 28 per cent of children living in married couple families will experience divorce in their family before reaching age 16.

Around a quarter of families with dependent children were headed by a lone parent in 2000- 01, three times higher than in 1971. A large part of the rise up to the mid-1980s was due to divorce, compared with the increase in more recent years which has been due to a rise in single lone mothers.

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