Inter-parental relationships, poverty and outcomes for children

The Early Intervention Foundation (EIF) has published research looking at implications for parental relationships in families experiencing poverty and disadvantage, and improving outcomes for children. Findings from a study of 13 interventions across the UK include: evidence that supporting parental relationships and tackling conflict for families who are under economic stress has the potential to improve outcomes for children; families who may benefit most from this support may be least likely to receive it for a range of reasons to do with service availability, cost and barriers such as perceived stigma; targeting transition points – such as new parenthood, separation, a child’s transition into school or when parents risk falling into poverty – offers opportunities to reach families before relationship difficulties escalate.

Source: EIF  Date: 28 April 2017

Further information: Inter-parental relationships, conflict and the impacts of poverty: an overview (PDF)