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Angharad is an experienced Clinical Psychologist working with children and families. She supports OnlyMums & OnlyDads in delivering accessible summaries of key research around families and the effects of separation and divorce on children and those who care for them.

Estimating Levels Of Adults Couple Relationship Distress Across The UK

Relate: May 2016. Dr Isaac Sserwanja & Dr David Marjoribanks

Evidence shows that good quality relationships are central to good health and wellbeing – for adults and children – while distressed relationships are major risk factors for poor mental and physical health. However, until now, we have lacked detailed national data on levels of relationship distress.

Evidence shows that good quality relationships are central to good health and wellbeing

This report provides new analysis of data from the Understanding Society survey to estimate the proportion and number of people nationally who are in relationships which would be characterised within clinical practice as ‘distressed’. It finds nearly 1-in-5 (18%) people (2.87 million) are in relationships which could be characterised as ‘distressed’.

 

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