Quality of life in Europe: Families in the economic crisis

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31 Marzo 2014
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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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    2
    Reference No: 
    ef13891
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    Qualità della vita in Europa: le famiglie e la crisi economica

    Authors: 
    Eurofound
    La crisi economica ha rimodellato la vita di milioni di cittadini europei. Ma in che modo ha colpito le famiglie con bambini? Nella maggior parte dei paesi dell'UE, i minori sono più esposti alla povertà o all'esclusione sociale rispetto al resto della popolazione; per questo è importante comprendere in che misura la crisi ha colpito i nuclei familiari in cui crescono questi bambini. La presente relazione descrive l'evoluzione della qualità della vita in seno all'UE per diversi tipi di famiglie con bambini confrontando le loro condizioni di vita e la loro situazione sociale. Raggruppando gli Stati membri dell'UE in quattro categorie sulla base della flessibilità o delle rispettive politiche familiari, esamina altresì i potenziali modelli da associare ai diversi approcci delle politiche familiari. Tra i temi che emergono dai risultati vi sono le difficoltà specifiche che si trovano a sostenere i genitori soli, le maggiori difficoltà che stanno affrontando le famiglie senza un impiego dall'inizio della crisi nonché l'aumento della portata dei conflitti vissuti dai genitori nel cercare un equilibrio tra la loro vita familiare e lavorativa.



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