London: The prospect of walking down the aisle at grand wedding has long been believed to be every little girl's dream, but a study of children's attitudes to life has found that today girls are increasingly becoming skeptical about the idea of marriage.

Polling for the Girl Guides UK found that less than half of girls see marriage as the 'best' kind of relationship. The study found that though most of the girls viewed the institution of marriage positively, only 46 percent saw it as the 'best' kind of relationship.

By contrast, the study found that 56 per cent of boys saw marriage as the best kind of relationship and continued to find marriage as an aspiration.

According to the Telegraph, meanwhile, seven percent of girls thought it would be better not to get married at all.

Overall, only one in five girls viewed getting married as a mark of success in life, while 56 percent cited being confident and independent.

Girls also overwhelmingly agreed that single parents, same-sex couples or unmarried couples are treated unfairly, the report said.

"Young women today have strong opinions, and some of these are very different from the boys," Gill Slocombe, the Chief Guide, said.

"Girls still value family and marriage, but they clearly do not see this as the absolute definition of success," Slocombe added.

"They value confidence, so it is a great shame that despite this they feel they are judged on their looks and believe that society wouldn't value them if they focus on motherhood or work in a caring profession," Slocombe added.


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