Nearly two thirds of men get on their partners nerves.

A new study looking at the health of UK relationships and the impact it has on children, has revealed  37 per cent of women said their partner ‘never’ got on their nerves.

The study of 5,000 families undertaken by NatCen Social Research, the University of East Anglia and the Thomas Coram Research Unit looked at different aspects of couple’s lives together as part of a broader study on fatherhood.

It has revealed that kissing and hugging on a regular basis was good for children and a relationship, but that men were more likely to overestimate the health of a relationship, with 69 per cent of men were more likely to say they were ‘very happy’ in the relationship, compared to 65 per cent of women.

It also found that only 63 per cent of women said their partner got on their nerves, compared to just 57 per cent of men.

It concluded that couples who often considered divorce, got on each other’s nerves, argued frequently and regretted forming their relationship were more likely to shout at their children.

Speaking to the Telegraph, Dr Svetlana Speight, of NatCen Social Research, said the research showed ‘happy mums and dads’ made for better parents.

She said: “It’s really important to understand what makes dads good dads and it’s clear from this analysis that love-life fulfilment is a big part of this.”

This is the latest in a number of studies that has looked into the different aspects of a relationships and parenting and suggests that keeping love alive in a relationship remains the most important thing not only for marriage, but also for families as a whole.