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Children’s experience of family disruption and family formation: evidence from 16 FFS countries

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  • Gunnar Andersson

    (Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany)

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    In this paper, we present a number of descriptive measures on children’s experiences of family disruption and family formation. We use data from the Fertility and Family Surveys of 15 European countries and corresponding data from the USA in order to find out what kind of family circumstances children are born into and which experiences they subsequently have of various family-transformation events of their mothers. Our presentation reveals some similarities but also striking differences in the family-demographic experience of children in different countries. USA stands out as one extreme case with its very high fraction of children born to a lone mother, with a higher probability for children to experience a union disruption of their parents than anywhere else, and with many children having the experience of living in a stepfamily. Italy stands out at the other end of the scale. Practically all children are here born to a married mother and very few of them experience a dissolution of their parents’ union before they turn 15. (AUTHOR)

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    Paper provided by Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany in its series MPIDR Working Papers with number WP-2001-028.

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    Length: 23 pages
    Date of creation: Sep 2001
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    Handle: RePEc:dem:wpaper:wp-2001-028

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    1. Gunnar Andersson & Dimiter Philipov, 2001. "Life-table representations of family dynamics in Sweden and Hungary: initiation of a project of descriptions of demographic behavior," MPIDR Working Papers, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany WP-2001-010, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany.
    2. Larry Bumpass & R. Raley, 1995. "Redefining single-parent families: Cohabitation and changing family reality," Demography, Springer, Springer, vol. 32(1), pages 97-109, February.
    3. Gunnar Andersson & Dimiter Philipov, 2001. "Life-table representations of family dynamics in 16 FFS countries," MPIDR Working Papers, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany WP-2001-024, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany.
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    1. Gunnar Andersson & Dimiter Philipov, 2002. "Life-table representations of family dynamics in Sweden, Hungary, and 14 other FFS countries," Demographic Research, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany, vol. 7(4), pages 67-144, August.

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