Pregnancy is parent’s biggest university fear.By Sj.Cliff
Daughters falling pregnant and sons fathering a child are a parent’s biggest fear when their teenagers leave home for university – according to the latest poll.
The survey, conducted by electronic cigarette manufacturer ECigaretteDirect.co.uk, asked 600 parents what their greatest dread was when their child leaves for university, with falling / getting someone pregnant coming out top, with almost a quarter (24%) of the vote.
Drug-taking came in a close second scoring just over a fifth (21%) of the vote, with binge drinking (16%) coming third and sexual promiscuity (14%) fourth.
Getting mugged polled fifth on the list with 13% of parents believing it to be their primary concern when their child leaves for university.
Surprisingly, the stereotypical mother’s fear of their child not eating properly scored particularly poorly with only eight per cent highlighting as their main anxiety. Taking up smoking came last in the poll with four per cent.
A spokesperson for ECigaretteDirect.co.uk commented: “It is no real shock that pregnancy is at the top of the list. Whereas the others, whilst still serious, can be grown out of or recovered from, pregnancy is a life changing event for all the parties involved.
“Binge drinking has become an unfortunate aspect of youth culture today, with many university activities centred around alcohol, so it’s no real shock to see parents list it as their number three concern.
“We were surprised to see smoking polled last, however we believe this is due to the increased education and awareness surrounding the dangers of smoking as well as an ever increasing number of alternatives becoming available, such as ecigs.”
One father whose daughter is set to leave for university in September commented: “It is your biggest nightmare; your daughter ringing you up to say that she is pregnant.
“You can take all the necessary precautions and as a parent that’s all you can ever ask, but there is still a chance – albeit a small one – that a pregnancy can occur, which means it’s difficult to ever fully banish the worry.”
The spokesperson concluded: “Naturally, parents tend to worry about the worst case scenarios when their child leaves home for the first time, just as their parents did when they first flew the nest.”
Want to see the full list? Here we go:
1. Falling / getting someone pregnant – 24%
2. Drugs – 21%
3. Binge Drinking – 16%
4. Sexual Promiscuity – 14%
5. Getting Mugged – 13%
6. Not eating enough – 8%
7. Smoking – 4%