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Children of single mothers are well-adjusted: Study

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LONDON — Children raised by single mothers are generally well-adjusted, with positive feelings about family life, a new study says.

The findings showed that children brought up in both heterosexual two-parent families and single mother families had no significant differences in adjustment.

“Between the ages of 4 and 9, donor-conceived children in solo mother families generally seem to be doing well,” said Sophie Zadeh from University of Cambridge in Britain.

However, children raised by single mothers were found to raise questions about the absence of a father in their families.

On the other hand, most of such children reported high or very high levels of enjoyment at school and had at least one friend.

While, some expressed a desire for just trivial changes, others desired no change when asked about changing their family circumstances.

“Our study suggests that what matters most for children’s outcomes in solo mother families is not the absence of a father, nor donor conception, but the quality of parenting and positive parent-child relationships,” Zadeh added.

“But, we don’t yet know how these children will fare over time, or what they will think and feel about being donor-conceived and/or growing up without a father in the home as they grow older,” Zadeh pointed out.

The number of children born to single women is increasing, partly as a result of social and legislative changes (in most jurisdictions) in the rights to parenthood.

Higher levels of financial difficulties within the solo mother families and higher levels of parenting stress, were each associated with higher levels of child adjustment problems.

Mothers too, mostly reported that their children had neutral or mixed feelings about the absence of a father, although qualitative analysis of mothers’ reports showed that conversations about fathers were a prominent feature of family life.

For the study, the team evaluated 51 solo mother families who were compared (both quantitatively and qualitatively) with 52 heterosexual two-parent families with at least one donor-conceived child aged 4-9 years.

The results were presented at the Annual Meeting of European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) in Helsinki, recently.

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Tourist arrivals jumped 73.5 percent in July

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KATHMANDU — Tourist arrivals to Nepal jumped 73.5 percent in the month of July, according to statistics released by Nepal Tourism Board (NTB).

The NTB said that this increment is because of a sharp increase in the number of travellers from countries like India, China, the US and the UK. The growth in the numbers has also been attributed to Indian pilgrims visiting Mount Kailash Mansarovar in Tibet, via Nepal.

The statistics show that Nepal received a whopping 73,285 international tourists in July—a time of the year that is considered to be an off-season for tourists due to the monsoons. With July’s figures, the number of foreign tourists visiting Nepal in the first seven months (January–July) of 2018 reached 593,299, which is an increase of 18 percent as compared to the same period last year.

Total 18,385 Indian tourists visited Nepal via air transport, which is up 80.4 percent compared to the same period last year.

After India, Nepal received the highest number of visitors from China. The Chinese tourist numbers have more than doubled to 13,123 in the month of July. This is a 125.4 percent growth in comparison to the arrivals in the same month last year.

Overall arrivals from SAARC countries registered a growth of 66 percent, in comparison to the same month last year. However, arrivals from Bangladesh declined by nine percent. Arrivals from rest of the Asian countries have also recorded a robust growth of 86.2 percent.

Visitors from Japan and South Korea to Nepal also increased by 36 percent and 21.9 percent respectively.

Likewise, an overall increase of 54.1 percent in July has been recorded from European source markets. However, arrivals from Austria declined by 72.6 percent.

The number of visitors from the US and Canada have also grown by 79.6 percent and 73.3 percent respectively.

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