- Title Pages
- Preface to the Paperback Edition
- Introduction: The New Paradigm
1Happiness over the Life Course: What Matters Most?
Part OneWhat Makes a Happy Adult?
4Work and Unemployment
5Building a Family
6Health of Mind and Body
8Social Norms and Institutions
9Happiness at Older Ages
Part TwoWhat Makes a Successful Child?
12Parenting and Parents’ Mental Health
Part ThreeSo What?
15Measuring Cost-Effectiveness in Terms of Happiness
16The Origins of Happiness
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- (p.179) 13 Family Conflict
- The Origins of Happiness
Andrew E. Clark
- Princeton University Press
This chapter discusses the effects of family conflict on children. Break-ups and separations on an increased scale is a relatively modern phenomenon—one of the more important changes over the last forty years. The chapter considers what such circumstances mean for the children caught in the middle of conflict. The Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC) provides good evidence, and the broad answer is this: What matters is family conflict, rather than family break-up, and, if the conflict is bad enough, the break-up may help the children. But the conflict is unambiguously bad, especially for the behavior of the children—parents who fight tend to generate children who fight.
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