Children are happiest when their mothers are happy, a new study has found.

Nearly 75 per cent of children whose mothers are content with their relationship say they are happy at home - compared to just 55 per cent when their mothers are unhappy - the Understanding Society study revealed.

Children aged between 10 and 15 in 40,000 families took part in the study, and were asked how they felt about their home lives. It revealed that relationships with mothers and fathers were the most important indicators for happiness, and that those living with two parents - biological or step - were most content.

Only three in 10 children who argued with their parents more than once a week were "completely happy".

Dr Maria Iacovou, of the Institute for Social and Economic Research, said: "These findings show that family relationships and the happiness of parents are key to the happiness of young people."

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