Children who do not live with both of their parents have more than double the suicide rate according to a 9 year longitudinal study of 986,000 children by Swedish researchers Weitoft and others published in the highly regarded UK medical journal, 'The Lancet', in Jan 2003. The same study found that girls from separated families had a 21 % higher overall chance of chance of dying early and boys a 54 % higher overall chance of dying early.
The largest and most authoritative dataset available covers the 58 million children in America and is published by the US Department of Health and Human Services shows that over the 5 year period from 2011 to 2015 that 33 % of children who were killed by their parents were killed by their biological mother acting alone, whereas 18 % of children who were killed were killed by their biological father acting alone. If you include cases where each parent was assisted by another plus their new partners the total jumps to 52 % for mothers and 20 % for fathers. So children are more than twice as likely to be killed by their mothers as fathers. This is not to demonise mothers but to show that the reflex action by the authorities to place them with their mother for safety is ill informed and statistically placing them at more risk.
The children who do not live with both their parents have double the rate of psychiatric disease per the above study by Weitoft & others.
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