- Scientists claim rich children are twice as likely to have mental health problems
- Labour peer David Puttnam says they may be ‘as disadvantaged’ as the poor
- This may be due to lack of direction that comes from being able to do whatever
Sipping Dom Perignon in their mountain retreats and gobbling oysters on their private jets, the children of the rich appear to have no cares in the world.
But looks can be deceiving, says Labour peer David Puttnam, who claims they may be ‘as disadvantaged’ as the very poorest in society.
The film producer has warned of a different type of deprivation, one that ‘goes right to the top’ – mental wellbeing.
Labour peer David Puttnam claims children of the rich may be ‘as disadvantaged’ as the very poorest. There is no suggestion that anyone in these photos has mental health problems
The peer warns of a deprivation that ‘goes right to the top’ – mental wellbeing. There is no suggestion that anyone in these photos has mental health problems
He told Nicholas Hellen of the Sunday Times: ‘It’s a mistake to think that deprivation exists only with the very poorest in society.
‘Many people will find this a totally counter-intuitive “first world” problem – but check with the principals of many of our most expensive schools and most desirable universities, and you will hear the same story: mental wellbeing is a significant and growing problem.’
American psychologist professor Suniya Luthar found that children whose parents earn over £100,000 are twice as likely to have mental health problems than their poorer counterparts.
This may be due to social pressure to succeed, or, in the case of the super-rich, a lack of direction that comes from being able to do whatever they want.
And Puttnam reckoned that the increasing number social media pictures of rich kids flaunting their lifestyles can be explained by the youngsters’ lack of empathy which may stem from a lack of time with their busy or uninterested parents.