The life situation of children continues to depend largely on the social background. The study data report 2018 – a social report for the Federal Republic of Germany. Therefore, the chances of children to high levels of educational attainment increase when the parents themselves have a high level of education. Only every tenth high school student has parents who have a primary education or no education.

children from homes with lower socio-economic Status according to the study, are less likely to grow up healthy. Overall, children in Germany are healthier than in the past. How healthy, however, depends greatly on the social Status of the parents. About 30 percent of mothers with a low socio-economic Status of Smoking, according to the study, during pregnancy. In the case of mothers with high socio-economic Status, there are only 2 per cent. Children and young people with a low socio-economic Status have more psychological problems, or behavioral problems. You are also less likely to exercise, eat more unhealthy and are more likely to be overweight, is the result of the study.

How good children, also depends on the type of school they attend. Pupils describe the school as often as stressful. 43 percent said that the school is just a few things that made them really fun. Every fourth felt the requirements of the school as a whole as a great burden. Children other types of schools agreed with these statements significantly more rare.

In the past 20 years, the number of children in Germany by 14 percent to 13.4 million decreased. More than a third of them have a migration background. These children are significantly more susceptible to poverty. Despite the good economic situation, the share of poverty of vulnerable children fell, but remained at 15 percent. The highest risk of poverty at risk are children with single mothers or fathers.

“poverty among children, material deprivation means. Poverty and risk of Poverty but also lead to social exclusion, poorer health, worse educational opportunities, and overall, less participation in society,” said Thomas Krüger, President of the German children’s Fund, during the presentation of the data reports. He pointed out that, according to data survey, almost one in every six is a minimum of poverty year in Germany is at risk.

The data report will be published by the Federal centre for political education in cooperation with the Federal Statistical office, the science centre Berlin for social research and the Socio-economic Panel at the German Institute for economic research.