"Families" in international context: Comparing institutional effects across western societies

Cooke, Lynn Prince and Baxter, Janeen (2010) "Families" in international context: Comparing institutional effects across western societies. Journal of Marriage and Family, 72 3: 516-536. doi:10.1111/j.1741-3737.2010.00716.x

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Author Cooke, Lynn Prince
Baxter, Janeen
Title "Families" in international context: Comparing institutional effects across western societies
Journal name Journal of Marriage and Family   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0022-2445
Publication date 2010-06
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1741-3737.2010.00716.x
Volume 72
Issue 3
Start page 516
End page 536
Total pages 21
Editor David H Demo
Place of publication Hoboken, United States
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Subject C1
970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
160301 Family and Household Studies
169999 Studies in Human Society not elsewhere classified
Formatted abstract
We review comparative evidence of institutional effects on families in Western societies. We focus on 2 key aspects of family life: gendered divisions of labor and people's transitions into, within, and out of relationships. Many individual-level models assume the effects are robust across countries. The international evidence over the past decade suggests instead that the socioeconomic and policy contexts strongly influence the significance and even direction of individual effects. A growing body of evidence also highlights important differences across social groups and family forms within countries. The pattern of relative gender, class, and other group equality varies across countries, as do related family experiences and outcomes. We conclude with suggestions for future comparative family research. Copyright © National Council on Family Relations, 2010.
Keyword Divorce
Family and work
Unpaid work
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Institute for Social Science Research - Publications
Official 2011 Collection
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