When it comes to raising children, most couples still struggle to find the right balance between time, patience and resources.
And according to a recent study, it’s not just couples who struggle.
Researchers from the University of Oxford, University of Cambridge and University of California, Berkeley, found that people with children are more likely to have low-income and low-education backgrounds.
The researchers surveyed over 200 couples who were living together and found that those with children had higher rates of child poverty, poverty and family breakdown.
They also found that parents with children have a lower chance of raising a child in the same household for a shorter period of time, and less financial resources for child care.
“In our study, we found that a greater proportion of parents with two or more children, and that this was a more common result among low- to middle-income couples, were living with a single parent or a partner,” Dr. Amy Sperling, lead author of the study, said in a press release.
“A single parent and a partner have higher risk of having more children and poorer child outcomes.”
The researchers also found a higher rate of child abuse among the single parents compared to their partners.
“This may be because the parents are less able to cope with the emotional impact of having multiple children and their subsequent separation,” the study authors said.
“It may also be due to the fact that children from a single-parent family are more susceptible to being neglected and maltreated, and may be more at risk of abuse.”
The research was published in the Journal of Marriage and Family.
The study found that women with children were more likely than their male counterparts to report having difficulty caring for their children.
The researchers also noted that the men were also more likely as fathers to report experiencing domestic violence.