Friday 24 November 2017

Paul Melia: As a dad, I've been quizzed on heroin, drink – and slaps

I HAVE now been asked officially if I "almost always" push, slap or hit my spouse during an argument.

And I have been quizzed as to whether I take heroin on a daily basis; have failed to do "what was normally expected" of me because of drinking; and whether I thought my life was a failure.

It's these probing questions, and more, that the parents of 20,000 children involved in the 'Growing Up in Ireland' study have been asked as part of research into how our youngest citizens develop over time.

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