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The Origins of HappinessThe Science of Well-Being over the Life Course$
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Andrew Clark, Sarah Fléche, Richard Layard, Nattavudh Powdthavee, and George Ward

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780691196336

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691196336.001.0001

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Family Conflict

Family Conflict

Chapter:
(p.179) 13 Family Conflict
Source:
The Origins of Happiness
Author(s):

Andrew E. Clark

Sarah Flèche

Richard Layard

Nattavudh Powdthavee

George Ward

Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691196336.003.0014

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.

Keywords:   family conflict, separated families, break-ups, family break-up, parental conflict, happiness

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