Quality of life in Europe: Families in the economic crisis

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31 Marzo 2014
Publicado
26 Marzo 2014
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The economic crisis has reshaped the lives of millions of European citizens. But how has it affected families with children? Children are more at risk of poverty or social exclusion than the overall population in a large majority of EU countries; hence, it is important to understand how the crisis has affected the households in which these children grow up. This report describes the changing quality of life across the EU for different types of families with children and compares their living standards and social situation. Grouping the EU Member States into four categories on the basis of the flexibility or otherwise of their family policies, it also examines potential patterns that may be related to different family policy approaches. Themes that emerge from the findings include the particular challenges facing lone parents, the greater difficulties facing jobless families since the onset of the crisis, and the increasing extent of conflict parents experience in seeking to balance their work and family lives. 
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    Number of Pages: 
    80
    Reference No: 
    ef1389
    ISBN: 
    978-92-897-1138-8
    Catalogue: 
    TJ-01-13-770-EN-C
    DOI: 
    10.2806/49619
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    Quality of life in Europe: Families in the economic crisis

    The economic crisis has reshaped the lives of millions of European citizens. But how has it affected families with children? Children are more at risk of poverty or social exclusion than the overall population in a large majority of EU countries; hence, it is important to understand how the crisis has affected the households in which these children grow up. This report describes the changing quality of life across the EU for different types of families with children and compares their living standards and social situation. Grouping the EU Member States into four categories on the basis of the flexibility or otherwise of their family policies, it also examines potential patterns that may be related to different family policy approaches. Themes that emerge from the findings include the particular challenges facing lone parents, the greater difficulties facing jobless families since the onset of the crisis, and the increasing extent of conflict parents experience in seeking to balance their work and family lives.

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    Number of pages: 
    2
    Reference No: 
    ef13891
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    La calidad de vida en Europa: las familias en la crisis económica

    Authors: 
    Eurofound
    La crisis económica ha rediseñado las vidas de millones de ciudadanos europeos. Pero, ¿cómo ha afectado la crisis a las familias con hijos? Los hijos tienen más riesgo de sufrir exclusión social o pobreza que la población general en la mayor parte de los países de la UE, por lo que es importante entender cómo ha afectado la crisis a las familias en las que viven esos niños. El presente informe describe el cambio que se ha producido en toda la UE en la calidad de vida de diferentes tipos de familias con hijos y compara sus niveles de vida y situación social. Al agrupar a los Estados miembros de la UE en cuatro categorías sobre la base de la flexibilidad de sus políticas familiares, también se analizan los posibles modelos que pueden estar relacionados con los diferentes enfoques en materia de política familiar. Entre las cuestiones que se extraen de las conclusiones se incluyen los retos concretos a los que se enfrentan los progenitores únicos, las mayores dificultades a las que se enfrentan las familias desempleadas desde el inicio de la crisis, y la magnitud, cada vez mayor, del problema de los progenitores al intentar conciliar la vida familiar y laboral.



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