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Parenthood makes people happier - but only after their offspring have moved out.
That's according to research from Germany's Heidelberg University which examined data from a recent European survey.
People - Well-being - Happiness - Children
It asked 55,000 people about their emotional well-being and found happiness is more common among those aged 50 or above who have independent children.
Specifically, they were less likely to be depressed and have more financial stability than their childless peers.
Study - Reason - Parents - Children - Peers
The study found the reason parents with dependent children are less happy than their responsibility-free peers is due to reduced sleep, time and money.
As noted in New Scientist, Christoph Becker said older, self-sufficient children are likely contribute to their parents' well-being via 'social enrichment', including company and financial support.
'Hence - Children - Role - Caregivers - Support
'Hence, children’s role as caregivers, financial support or simply as social contact might outweigh negative aspects of parenthood,' he says.
The original study - Marriage, parenthood and social network: Subjective well-being and mental health in old age - was published...
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