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Family Well-Being

European Perspectives

Moreno Minguez, Almudena (Ed.)

2013, VIII, 308 p.

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  • This book focuses on the comparative analyse of family and well-being, a dimension which literature has not covered till the present in a European perspective.

This ground-breaking work plugs a yawning gap in the methods developed by social scientists to measure ‘well-being’, which to date have not featured a targeted measure of this variable for family groups. As Southern European societies crack under the strain of austerity programs imposed as a response to the current financial crisis, measuring the well-being of families is becoming an ever more urgent task. The contributors call for the gathering of data on a more broad-based definition of the family that accounts for social changes in recent decades. These changes have been seismic, with dramatic increases in globalization, population aging, labor force restructuring, increases in participation by mothers in the labor force, and single-parent families. This greater diversity in family structure makes the proposals put forward here a welcome addition to the debate, advocating a more inclusive understanding of how various families are impacted by the influences of social change, and arguing that these indices are essential to guide research, policy development, resource allocation and social evaluation.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Child Poverty - Comparative Research - Elderly - Enpowerment - Europe - Family - Family Policy - Family Well-being - Family change - Gender - Gender Euity - Gender Roles - Household Labour - Income Support - Parent Child Relations - Social Indicators - Social Work - Sole Parents - Transition to Adulthood - Welfare Regimes - Well-Being - Working Parents

Related subjects » Wellbeing & Quality-of-Life

Table of contents 

1 Introduction - Almudena Moreno Mínguez.-

Part I Approaches to the study of family well-being.-

2 Conceptualizing family well-being - Shirley Zimmerman.-

3 Social quality, the quality of life and families in Europe - Claire Wallace and Paloma Abbott.-

Part II Family, child poverty and well-being.-

4 Child poverty and well-being in Italy in a comparative framework - Daniela Del Boca  and Anna Laura Mancini.-

5 Child well-being and single parent family structure in the OECD - Simon Chapple.-

Part III Work family balance and gender.-

6 Parental leave policies, gender equity and family well-being in Europe: a comparative perspective - Karim Wall and Anna Escobedo.-

7 Work-family balance and new social risks - Anders Ejrnæs & Thomas P. Boje.-

8 Spousal well-being: an inquiry into the links between household income and parental task division - Joris Ghysels.-

9 Working parents and well-being family - Almudena Moreno Mínguez.-

10 Gender and well-being in Britain since 1800 - Bernard Harris.-

Part IV Youth, elder, migration and social work.-

11  Support and success in youth transitions. A comparative analysis on the relation between subjective and systemic factors - Axel Pohl, Barbara Stauber and Andreas Walther.-

12 How will a potential reduction in informal care affect the well-being of the elderly? - Manfred Huber, Ricardo Rodrigues and Frédérique Hoffmann.-

13  Well-being and resilience in asylum seeking children and families in Sweden - Ulla Björnberg.-

14  Empowerment and social work with families - Antonio López Peláez and Sagrario Segado Sánchez-Cabezudo

4 Child poverty and well-being in Italy in a comparative framework - Daniela Del Boca  and Anna Laura Mancini.-

5 Child well-being and single parent family structure in the OECD - Simon Chapple.-

Part III Work family balance and gender.-

6 Parental leave policies, gender equity and family well-being in Europe: a comparative perspective - Karim Wall and Anna Escobedo.-

7 Work-family balance and new social risks - Anders Ejrnæs & Thomas P. Boje.-

8 Spousal well-being: an inquiry into the links between household income and parental task division - Joris Ghysels.-

9 Working parents and well-being family - Almudena Moreno Mínguez.-

10 Gender and well-being in Britain since 1800 - Bernard Harris.-

Part IV Youth, elder, migration and social work.-

11  Support and success in youth transitions. A comparative analysis on the relation between subjective and systemic factors - Axel Pohl, Barbara Stauber and Andreas Walther.-

12 How will a potential reduction in informal care affect the well-being of the elderly? - Manfred Huber, Ricardo Rodrigues and Frédérique Hoffmann.-

13  Well-being and resilience in asylum seeking children and families in Sweden - Ulla Björnberg.-

14  Empowerment and social work with families - Antonio López Peláez and Sagrario Segado Sánchez-Cabezudo

5 Child well-being and single parent family structure in the OECD - Simon Chapple.-

Part III Work family balance and gender.-

6 Parental leave policies, gender equity and family well-being in Europe: a comparative perspective - Karim Wall and Anna Escobedo.-

7 Work-family balance and new social risks - Anders Ejrnæs & Thomas P. Boje.-

8 Spousal well-being: an inquiry into the links between household income and parental task division - Joris Ghysels.-

9 Working parents and well-being family - Almudena Moreno Mínguez.-

10 Gender and well-being in Britain since 1800 - Bernard Harris.-

Part IV Youth, elder, migration and social work.-

11  Support and success in youth transitions. A comparative analysis on the relation between subjective and systemic factors - Axel Pohl, Barbara Stauber and Andreas Walther.-

12 How will a potential reduction in informal care affect the well-being of the elderly? - Manfred Huber, Ricardo Rodrigues and Frédérique Hoffmann.-

13  Well-being and resilience in asylum seeking children and families in Sweden - Ulla Björnberg.-

14  Empowerment and social work with families - Antonio López Peláez and Sagrario Segado Sánchez-Cabezudo

6 Parental leave policies, gender equity and family well-being in Europe: a comparative perspective - Karim Wall and Anna Escobedo.-

7 Work-family balance and new social risks - Anders Ejrnæs & Thomas P. Boje.-

8 Spousal well-being: an inquiry into the links between household income and parental task division - Joris Ghysels.-

9 Working parents and well-being family - Almudena Moreno Mínguez.-

10 Gender and well-being in Britain since 1800 - Bernard Harris.-

Part IV Youth, elder, migration and social work.-

11  Support and success in youth transitions. A comparative analysis on the relation between subjective and systemic factors - Axel Pohl, Barbara Stauber and Andreas Walther.-

12 How will a potential reduction in informal care affect the well-being of the elderly? - Manfred Huber, Ricardo Rodrigues and Frédérique Hoffmann.-

13  Well-being and resilience in asylum seeking children and families in Sweden - Ulla Björnberg.-

14  Empowerment and social work with families - Antonio López Peláez and Sagrario Segado Sánchez-Cabezudo

11  Support and success in youth transitions. A comparative analysis on the relation between subjective and systemic factors - Axel Pohl, Barbara Stauber and Andreas Walther.-

12 How will a potential reduction in informal care affect the well-being of the elderly? - Manfred Huber, Ricardo Rodrigues and Frédérique Hoffmann.-

13  Well-being and resilience in asylum seeking children and families in Sweden - Ulla Björnberg.-

14  Empowerment and social work with families - Antonio López Peláez and Sagrario Segado Sánchez-Cabezudo

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