You are here


How divorce impacts school performance among children of immigrant mothers in Sweden
Most research on the effects of family dynamics on children’s life chances based on immigrant background has focused on the United States. Authors Jeylan Erman and Juho Härkönen conducted one of the first studies that looked at Europe and sought to find out whether the effect of parental separation on educational achievement varies between immigrant backgrounds in Sweden. Using Swedish population register data on birth cohorts of children born in Sweden in 1995 and 1996, they found that the effect of parental separation varies between different immigrant backgrounds. [...]
A look at Norway
Whether children stabilize or destabilize unions has long interested nearly everyone. Most studies by social scientists indicate the former—that kids are a stabilizing force in relationships—but union types are becoming more diverse, and with them social norms. [...]
Does a father’s involvement limit her opportunities?
Dating can be challenging terrain for anyone. For single mothers, though, finding a new partner is particularly complicated. It requires time, energy and attention, and it must compete with childcare for all of them. In some cases, an ex-partner can add an extra layer of complexity to the repartnering process  — at least if the ex-partner is a highly-involved father. [...]
Parental separation and its effects on children’s educational attainment
Separation can strongly impact the environment in which a child grows up. In some cases, it can have the positive consequence of reducing the amount of parental conflict a child would experience. In other cases, parental separation can contribute to an increasing disadvantage for children due to a loss of financial resources or spending less time with a parent who moved out. [...]
Family structures and its impacts on children’s education attainment
Despite the recent expansion of education, children from lower socioeconomic backgrounds are still less likely to attend university than children from wealthier families. This persisting inequality in educational attainment led social scientists to explore a range of possible factors behind these unequal opportunities. Given that in many countries it is very common for children from lower socioeconomic backgrounds to live without at least one parent, family structure has often been held responsible for explaining part of the inequality of opportunities between socioeconomic groups. [...]
Divorce rates in Western countries have been increasing in recent decades and more children are also born to parents who never cohabitate.  As a result, more and more children are living in joint or sole physical custody.  Existing research has suggested some of the negative effects of parental separation on child-wellbeing, such as an increased risk of social maladjustment and poor health. However, very little research has explored the influence of parental ill health and well-being on children’s mental health as a result of differing family structures. [...]
Le divorce des parents, le bien-être psychologique et le niveau d’enseignement des Suédois nés entre 1892 et 1991
Au cours du dernier siècle, les taux de divorces et de séparations ont considérablement augmenté dans tous les pays européens. Mais ceci a-t-il la même signification pour les enfants et les adolescents d’aujourd’hui que pour ceux d’il y a un siècle ? Comment le lien entre le divorce des parents d’un côté et l’équilibre des enfants de l’autre a-t-il changé au fil du temps ? [...]
Parental Divorce, Psychological Well-Being and Educational Attainment Among Swedes Born 1892-1991
During the last hundred years, divorce and separation rates have increased dramatically in all European countries. But does it mean the same for children and adolescents today as it did a century ago? How has the association between parental divorce and child well-being changed in magnitude over time? To answer these questions for Sweden, Michael Gähler and Eva-Lisa Palmtag use six waves of the Swedish Level of Living Survey, and explore data on childhood living conditions for an entire century of Swedes, born between 1892 and 1991.   [...]
Elterliche Trennung, psychisches Wohlbefinden und Bildungsabschlüsse von Schweden der Geburtsjahrgänge 1892 bis 1991
Im Lauf der letzten hundert Jahre haben die Scheidungs- und Trennungsraten in allen Staaten Europas dramatisch zugenommen. Hat dies für Kinder und Jugendliche dieselbe Bedeutung wie vor einem Jahrhundert? In welchem Maße hat sich der Zusammenhang zwischen elterlicher Scheidung und Kindeswohl im Lauf der Zeit verändert? [...]