KID-FREE DOESN’T MEAN CARE­FREE

Sunday Mail - Body and Soul - - FRONT PAGE -

Anew study has found that, in the US at least, peo­ple with and with­out kids rate their life sat­is­fac­tion at sim­i­lar lev­els. Pre­vi­ous re­search sug­gested that adults with chil­dren re­ported less life sat­is­fac­tion than those with­out chil­dren. How­ever, other stud­ies con­tra­dicted th­ese find­ings.

To set­tle the de­bate, re­searchers at Prince­ton Univer­sity in the US ex­am­ined a sur­vey of 1.8 mil­lion Amer­i­cans who were asked to eval­u­ate their lives and re­port daily emo­tional ex­pe­ri­ences. They found that those with kids re­ported more emo­tional highs and lows, but about the same level of life sat­is­fac­tion as those with­out chil­dren.

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