Relationships, Recession and Recovery report cover
Dr Dylan Kneale, Dr David Marjoribanks, and Chris Sherwood
12 September 2014

Relationships, Recession and Recovery looks at how people in the UK were affected by the economic downturn from 2009 to 2012. We reviewed a sample of 20,000 people and grouped them according to their experiences of recession and analysed how couple relationships fared in each group. The findings show that people who suffered negative impacts of the recession were considerably more likely to have experienced deterioration in their relationship quality and stability. Although the economic recession may be receding, the fallout – the ‘social recession’ – is still very much being felt.

Meet the groups and find out their risk of break up in our graphic: (click the image to see a larger size)

Relationships recession graphic