One in 10 par­ents has a favourite child, poll shows

Pretoria News - - LIFESTYLE -

THEY would never ad­mit it to their off­spring, but one in 10 par­ents has a favourite child, a sur­vey has found.

The poll of more than 6 000 Bri­tish adults also re­vealed that a third of peo­ple sus­pected their par­ents had a favourite child – and most did not think it was them.

In half of the cases, the youngest child was thought to be the favourite, with the el­dest favoured in 28% of fam­i­lies and a mid­dle child in 23%.

Re­search has shown that favouritis­m by par­ents can cause last­ing dam­age within a fam­ily, of­ten af­fect­ing the bonds be­tween sib­lings rather than be­tween par­ent and child.

Some 10% of par­ents said they had a favourite child whom they tended to pre­fer, re­gard­less of their be­hav­iour.

A lead­ing psy­chol­o­gist said the real fig­ure was likely to be higher be­cause par­ents were too em­bar­rassed to ad­mit it.

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