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
AbstractRelationships 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.
|Journal series||Children and Youth Services Review, ISSN 0190-7409, (A 30 pkt)|
|Publication size in sheets||0.5|
|Keywords in English||children, family structure, family, living arrangements, subjective well-being|
|ASJC Classification||; ;|
|Score||= 30.0, 27-03-2020, ArticleFromJournal|
|Publication indicators||= 9; : 2017 = 1.107; : 2017 = 1.383 (2) - 2017=2.049 (5)|
|Citation count*||42 (2020-09-20)|
* presented citation count is obtained through Internet information analysis and it is close to the number calculated by the Publish or Perish system.