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Family and Children

This innovative Handbook, edited by Jane Falkingham, Maria Evandrou and Athina Vlachantoni, offers a deeper understanding of the causes and consequences of demographic change across the lifecourse. [...]
Properties of infertility perceptions over time
Infertility is not a stable trait and can change over time, which means it is not synonymous with being sterile, a permanent situation. To better understand and to shine more light on infertility, Jasmin Passet-Wittig and Martin Bujard (German Federal Institute for Population Research), Julia McQuillan (University of Nebraska-Lincoln) and Arthur L. Greil (Alfred University) looked specifically at individuals’ perceptions about their ability to reproduce in Germany. [...]
A newly announced three-year European Union Twinning initiative will support the development of research methods expertise at the University of Tallinn, Estonia. The aim is to strengthen research on youth transitions from a life course perspective. [...]
Influence of grandparents’ willingness to care for grandchildren on adult children’s decision to have their first child
Using SHARE data, Roberta Rutigliano of the University of Groningen finds that the expectation of receiving occasional grandparental childcare has a positive influence on first birth transition for all included countries, while the expectation of receiving regular grandparental childcare has a positive influence only for pro-traditional and pro-natalist countries. [...]
The Journal of Family Research invites family and life course scholars worldwide to submit their research on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on families to the journal. We aim to publish high quality empirical research on how all aspects of family life have been affected by the current pandemic situation of shutdown and recovery in the short or longer term. Research papers may focus on empirical as well as analytical assessments of family life in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. [...]
The findings of the Commission’s Demography Report show that there is no one-size-fits-all approach. Policymaking needs to zoom into the reality on the ground. The European Union, Member States and regions have a shared interest in responding to demographic change for the benefit of all Europeans. Demographic change will affect everybody and must be a factor that helps steer Europe’s recovery from the crisis and provide us with insights as we build a more resilient, sustainable and fair Union. [...]
Ensuring effective access to quality early childhood education and care for all children remains a challenge, especially for those from disadvantaged backgrounds. This policy memo helps policymakers better understand this issue and suggests some possible solutions. [...]
How do men and women talk about intentions of reducing working hours after a childbirth?
Xiana Bueno (Centre d’Estudis Demogràfics) and Marc Grau-Grau (Harvard Kennedy School) conducted a qualitative study of how parents in Spain think about taking unpaid parental leave. They found that while the parental leave policy may be egalitarian on its face, couples continue to utilize it in a gendered manner. [...]