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Tackling Family Breakdowns


Social inequality has affected Great Britain in more ways than one. There is too much poverty, too much political uncertainty, and a never ending debate over how to come to terms with the social exclusion issue for most communities. One of the contributing factors to poverty is a family breaking apart, aside from financial pressure, stress accumulating due to unemployment, ill health and poor mental conditions.

Next year, will see 48 percent of kids appearing for their GCSEs come from broken families. Somehow this band has managed to get with the times, as opposed to the conservative perspective of maintaining a strong familial hierarchy, marking a trend of how the youngest, and most vulnerable of children nowadays live with family members other than their parents, especially those who can only sustain a meagre income.

As these children grow up and mature into an early adulthood before appearing for their high school exams, their loneliness and isolation in their own homes do not go away because the number of lone-parent families for that age bracket have multiplied recently, again especially for low income households. This is not the norm in developing countries, although it is unclear at the present if these figures can be extrapolated to families willing to work things out, at a faster rate when a marriage dissolves, as opposed to a headstrong approach here, for families at home.

For example, in a developed economy like that of Finland, which is still coming to terms with a greater need for development, and persistent incomplete rural infrastructure that needs to find its speed faster, more than 95 percent of young children, under the age of 15, cohabit with a proper family. As a result, perhaps the high family breakdown rates can be offsetted through people willing to bring up young sons and daughters in a committed relationship setting and a desire to see people prepare for relationships more.

Rainy-dayWhat often happens is that families in other countries, forgo a divorce or any kind of a proper separation, in order to shield their children from the dire effects of a breakdown in their marriage. Although, rewarding in the short term, this position isn’t very sustainable and could lead children to having a more deluded idea of romance, love or even affection in general, in the long run. This is because a relationship that they saw first hand while growing up, something that they’ve treasured for a very long time believing it is a sacred bond that can overcome life’s most pressing issues and difficulties was indeed, based on a compromise over bringing up young children.

Relationship support, counselling and policies that can help with couple parenting is by contrast, a much better way to overcome issues in a marriage. Most people in the country, in fact greater than 80percent believe that children should grow up in an environment, where both parents are managing the household, with equal gravitas. This figure varies from one parent to another, for example, a greater share of step-parents think it is important for children to grow up with both their parents present there, as opposed to single mothers, for whom the percentage is significantly lower.

Families breakdown can affect children’s performance in schools, can affect their behavioural patterns and this could all even lead to a serious downturn in educational achievement, for some. Some young girls can even overthink every issue or stressful situation they face and begin to imagine pregnancy at an early age is a healthy idea, or start to abuse drugs, neither of which are welcoming moves by any means. The government should take a greater interest in maintaining families, because apart from it being in the interest of most parents nationally, this subject can also start to bear significant costs to the public purse.

Income support for families, cost of childcare maintenance schemes, pensions support are contributing to government expenditures, and the burden of this can be greatly reduced if more families chose to remain together. The only other countries, where such a high rate of family separation exists is in the United States, Australia and Sweden and this is hurting economies, as well as families and young children. Therefore, a greater awareness on societal values need to be introduced to the public, to help bring about constructive change to families staying together, for longer.

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