Quality of life in Europe: Families in the economic crisis

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31 maart 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 unRead more
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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    Kwaliteit van het bestaan in Europa: gezinnen in de economische crisis

    Authors: 
    Eurofound
    De economische crisis heeft de levens van miljoenen Europese burgers veranderd. Maar hoe heeft de crisis gezinnen met kinderen beïnvloed? Kinderen staan in een grote meerderheid van de EU-landen bloot aan een groter risico van armoede of sociale uitsluiting dan de bevolking in het algemeen. Daarom is het belangrijk om te begrijpen welke gevolgen de crisis heeft gehad voor de huishoudens waarin deze kinderen opgroeien. Dit rapport beschrijft de veranderende kwaliteit van het bestaan in de gehele EU voor verschillende typen gezinnen met kinderen en vergelijkt hun levensstandaard en sociale situatie. In het rapport worden de EU-lidstaten ingedeeld in vier categorieën naar gelang de mate van flexibiliteit van hun gezinsbeleid. Dit maakt het mogelijk om ook potentiële patronen te onderzoeken die mogelijk verbonden zijn aan verschillen in het gezinsbeleid van de lidstaten. Thema's die uit de bevindingen naar voren komen zijn onder meer de specifieke problemen waarmee alleenstaande ouders te maken hebben, de toenemende moeilijkheden voor gezinnen zonder werk sinds het begin van de crisis en de toenemende moeite die ouders ervaren wanneer zij proberen het evenwicht tussen werk en privéleven te bewaren.



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  • European Quality of Life Survey 2012

    Eurofound's European Quality of Life Survey (EQLS) examines both the objective circumstances of European citizens' lives and how they feel about those circumstances and their lives in general. This series consists of outputs from the EQLS 2012, the third edition of the survey. The survey was first carried out in 2003. 

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