“For children, it is better to live in a real family, where mom and dad are around”, a ten-year-old girl from a single parent family said to the interviewer in a study in Austria. And a boy living with his single mother said: “Actually children would need two parents, that´s what my friends say.” A single mother in a more rural area said: “… in the back of your mind, it will always be there, that a father is missing”. Read more
Strange as it may sound, but: The future of the family lies in northern Europe! Unexpected? Maybe, but it is very well supported by the data we have. Read more
Our times seem to be times of plurality. Such a lot of goods, of possibilities, of opportunities. Such a lot of entertainment, such a lot of information.
And a lot of ways to live a family. Read more
Whenever you ask people of the most essential and important things for their life, family ranks top. There might be differences in age groups, thus it is more important for the older than for the young, but generally: even if in some phases of your life friends are more important, family stays in the top field. Read more
The blogposts will refer to results of family research, not only reporting essential results but also giving some comments on it.
The posts will cover:
¬ the diversity of family forms in Europe and worldwide
¬ consequences for policy strategies out of social science data
¬ the situation of different family forms in different countries
¬ reconciliation of work and family
The blogposts are based on the Project FamiliesAndSocieties (a project funded by European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme under grant agreement no. 320116).
Some of the posts will refer to this project directly, others are related to the theme and take a global perspective. The underlying scientific articles appeared in high ranked scientific journals, which are hardly accessible for the average reader. I report the essential results adding reflections and thoughts which might inspire the reader for autonomous further thinking.
The first post will be published on 3rd of May 2017.