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Quarter of parents feel cut-off from means of support – Survation poll for Action for Children

Almost a quarter (24%) of UK parents always or often feel cut-off from their friends and other means of support since becoming a parent for the first time, according to a new online poll on behalf of Action for Children. Survation interviewed 2,037 UK parents aged 18+ from 20th-30th July 2015.



The research also points to a scale of loneliness that for 22% of parents has gotten worse since they became a parent for the first time. The importance of having a support network for parents to rely upon was made further apparent by a majority of a parents (57%) saying that it is particularly important to have friends who are also parents.

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Other findings include:

  • More than a third (37 per cent) of parents aged 18-34 regularly feel cut off compared to less than a tenth (8 per cent) of those aged 55+.
  • A third (32 per cent) of parents with three or more children regularly feel cut off, compared to the 26 per cent who have two and the 22 per cent who only have one.

Full tables are available here.

To find out more about Survation’s services, and how you can conduct telephone, face to face, focus group or online poll for your research needs, please visit our services page.

Chris Hopkins

Chris Hopkins

Survation's Senior Project Manager and all-round superstar from 2014-2018. Chris's only experience of failure during this period related to his loyal support of Colchester United and a close affinity with Ricky Gervais' character David Brent in the UK TV version of "The Office". Chris is currently Data Visualisation & Statistics Specialist at House of Commons. Chris graduated in 2013, having studied British Politics and Legislative Studies at The University of Hull School of Politics, Philosophy and International Studies. Course leader, Lord Norton of Louth.

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