Let´s start with a fictional dialogue:
To strive for personal autonomy is the primary goal in Western societies. Nevertheless, programs that support parenting are gaining attention nowadays. How would you answer the following questions? Read more
Usually couples want to have children, but what is the right time for childbearing? When will the preferences for having children become more concrete intentions? Preferences are wishes and ideals that are very much in accordance with the perceived norms in a society. Intentions, however, are much more solid: they are plans to be realized in the near future.
We seem to have a lot of information on various things in life; Nevertheless, we are sometimes tapping in the dark when we want to find out why certain things happen.
This came to my mind when I read an article about happiness and children written by Murskylä and Margolis and published in ”Demography“.
Single parents have a legitimation problem: besides the fact that most of them are economically disadvantaged, they have always to state that they are as good a family and can care as good for their children than do families with both parents. An Italian group within the FamiliesAndSocieties project analyzed if children with a single parent read and study less or more than those with both parents, using data for the Italian Time Use Survey.
Authoritarian systems suppress education knowing that it is a danger to them, whilst open societies promote education because they rely on the independent and self-reliable citizens. This is true worldwide.
A recent study followed this general remark in more detail looking at educational goals worldwide.
A couple of days ago, while flicking through the TV channels I heard a psychologist talking about ”burn-out“ even in pre-school children. Though we should be careful in diagnosing by using today ́s catchwords, there is some truth in it.
Always in the papers in Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain, Greece or Portugal: too few children are born. If those countries would not have immigration, it would be much lower. Population shrinks.
What is the matter? The „Value of Children“ approach tries to answer this question. Starting already in the seventies of the last century but being more and more developed until modern times, mainly by sociologist Bernhard Nauck.