A recent UN study of 21 developed countries that examined child welfare placed Canada at number 12.
Though we did well in some areas like material and education well-being, the country found itself in the bottom of the rankings when it came to things like risk behaviour, family relationships, health and subjective well-being.
It is interesting to note that many of the categories Canada ranked low in had to do with the physical and mental health, as well as strong relationships with one’s family. It seems like Canadian kids are prone to experimentation in drugs and alcohol, and for some reason they feel less connected to family than those in Northern European countries that ranked high in the study.
With similar divorce rates in all of the countries, it is difficult to point to staying married as the solution. I’m guessing it may have to do with the fact governments and communities in these countries play a more active role in young peoples lives than we do here.