Family structure and family relationship from the child well-being perspective: Findings from comparative analysis

Tamar Dinisman , Sabine Andresen , Carme Montserrat , Dorota Strózik , Tomasz Strózik


Relationships within the family are important for the development of children's well-being, as well as for their evaluations of their family and their overall life satisfaction. Nevertheless, little is known about differences in family relationships, family subjective well-being (SWB) and overall SWB of children from different groups, especially those who are living in diverse family structures. The purpose of this study is to explore differences in family relationships, family SWB and overall SWB between children living in three different living arrangements – a two-parent family, a single-parent family and a separated family. The study used data from the second wave of data collection of the Children's Worlds project, a large international study of children's well-being. 20,343 children aged 10–12 from 10 countries constitute the final sample of the current sample. Several agreement, satisfaction and time use questions were applied to measure the children's family relationships and family SWB. Two psychometric scales were used to explore the children's overall SWB. In addition, differences in socio-economic characteristics were also explored. Children living with both parents were found to evaluate their family relationships and family SWB higher than children living in a single parent family and in separated families. Similar results were also found in respect to overall SWB. Not many differences were found between the last two groups, namely these children are quite similar in their perceptions and evaluations of their families and their overall SWB. However, children living in separated families tend to be less satisfied with the people they live with and their family life. This trend was found in all participant countries, although it was less prevalent in Israel and Algeria. The discussion offers several possible explanations to the findings, and emphasizes that the source of the differences may be complex and may include macro and micro explanations.
Author Tamar Dinisman - Children's Worlds, UK
Tamar Dinisman,,
, Sabine Andresen - Uniwersytet Johanna Wolfganga Goethego we Frankfurcie nad Menem, Niemcy
Sabine Andresen,,
, Carme Montserrat - Uniwersytet w Gironie, Hiszpania
Carme Montserrat,,
, Dorota Strózik (WE / KPiPS)
Dorota Strózik,,
- Department of Labour and Social Policy
, Tomasz Strózik (WT / KKG)
Tomasz Strózik,,
- Department of Business Activity
Journal seriesChildren and Youth Services Review, ISSN 0190-7409, (A 30 pkt)
Issue year2017
Publication size in sheets0.5
Keywords in Englishchildren, family structure, family, living arrangements, subjective well-being
ASJC Classification3204 Developmental and Educational Psychology; 3304 Education; 3312 Sociology and Political Science
Languageen angielski
Score (nominal)30
Score sourcejournalList
ScoreMinisterial score = 30.0, 27-03-2020, ArticleFromJournal
Publication indicators WoS Citations = 9; Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2017 = 1.107; WoS Impact Factor: 2017 = 1.383 (2) - 2017=2.049 (5)
Citation count*42 (2020-09-20)
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