People are optimistic and tend to think you can always find an understanding partner, even if you are a parent of a disabled child. Meetville.com (dating app to find the right person) polled 73,121 people on this topic between 5/7/14 and 9/26/14.
Participants were asked: “Would you date a person with disabled children?” The majority (63%) claim they are ready to take on the responsibility of caring for the child.
Hannah Brown, mother of an autistic teenage son Danny and author of “If I Could Tell You,” a book about raising autistic children, admits that “few men are thrilled by the idea of dating someone with a child who has disability, particularly one that can be as demanding as autism. These men are people who may or may not become a part of my life. But Danny is my life,” she goes on. “Middle-aged men in the dating pool are realists. They’ve got to make their child-support payments. They had enough trouble dealing with their own divorces.”
The geography of participants was as follows: from the USA – 88%, from Canada – 2%, from Britain – 4%, from Australia – 2% and from other countries – 4%.
Alex Cusper, Meetville service analyst, comments on the results: “Dating someone with a disabled child won’t make a relationship any easier. Yet meeting a person who has a special needs child is a real responsibility. And from that point of view positive responses of the participants are quite favorable.”
Meetville, a leading mobile dating service, regularly conducts research among its users. Millions of people from the U.S., Canada, Britain and Australia answer hundreds of questions every month. You can find the results of the poll here. If you are interested in research on a particular topic, please contact us. Any reprint of the material should be followed by clickable links to the survey.