Sept. 8, 2023 – Around 671,000 parents are believed to have an addiction or mental health issue, and around 900,000 children under the age of 18 are thought to be growing up in an affected family. This means, estimates Trimbos, that 27.9% of children living at home have at least one parent with these issues – almost double the level of previous estimates. Poject leader and researcher Anouk de Gee said that the numbers are probably an underestimate. “We are concerned,” she said. “It is important that these children and also their parents get the right support. We know that with preventative help, the chance that these children develop problems later will be a lot lower.


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