Relate, the relationship counselling charity, joined forces with TalkTalk the phone company and asked 2,004 adults of various ages how happy they were with their lives and what problems they had in their relationships.
The results showed that those aged between 35-44 were the least satisfied, with 21 per cent admitting to feeling lonely a lot of the time.
Many of those surveyed (22 per cent) said they wanted better relationships with their families and shorter working hours (30 per cent). In addition to this 22 per cent admitted to having suffered depression as a result of a bad relationship and 40 per cent had, had an unfaithful partner.
Experts at Relate believe the ‘midlife crisis’ could be coming into effect slightly earlier now due to increasing pressure on people in their thirties to have successful careers as well as raising families.
Relate CEO, Claire Tyler has said: “It’s when life gets really hard – you’re starting a family, pressure at work can be immense and increasingly money worries can be crippling. We cannot afford to sit back and watch this happen. The ensuing effects of relationship breakdown on society are huge, so it’s really important that this age group has access to appropriate and relevant support, be that through friends and family or other methods such as counselling.”
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