Proportion of children aged 0 to 5 years whose parents scored high on the family dysfunction scale, by province, Canada, 2010/2011

Note: Low and high scores were determined by the 10th/90th percentile cutpoints (as appropriate).

Source: CICH graphic created using data adapted from the Survey of Young Canadians 2010/2011, Statistics Canada – custom runs.

In 2010/11 almost 10% of young children aged 0 to 5 years lived in families where their parents scored high on the family dysfunction* scale.

That was the case for 15% of young children in Manitoba and 6% in Québec and Newfoundland & Labrador.

*The National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth (NLSCY) and Survey of Young Canadians (SYC) measure family functioning by looking at how well a family works together – for example, how they solve problems, communicate, treat each other emotionally and assume their various roles.