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Anja Steinbach, Anne-Kristin Kuhnt and Markus Knüll
The prevalence of single-parent families and stepfamilies in Europe: can the Hajnal line help us to describe regional patterns?
The History of the Family, 2016
URL, JabRef BibTex, Abstract
The study’s main objective is to gauge the prevalence of family forms following separation and divorce in Europe. In addition to the comparison of the prevalence of single-parent families and stepfamilies in Europe based on data of the ‘Generations and Gender Program’ (GGP), family patterns which draw on marriage and divorce rates on the one hand, and on the incidence of single parenthood and stepfamilies on the other hand are investigated. Data are available for 17 European countries (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, and Sweden) and include a total of 58,336 family households with minor children. The analysis first presents descriptive statistics allowing comparisons of the prevalence of single-parent families and stepfamilies. Secondly, a cluster analysis was carried out to identify family patterns around Europe and to answer the question, whether the Hajnal line can help us to describe regional differences. By taking marriage and divorce rates as well as the prevalence of single parenthood and stepfamilies into account we were able to identify four clusters of family patterns, which give no support for Hajnal’s line anymore. Family patterns in Europe are quite complex and hard to systemize by an East–West divide.

Reference


@article{Steinbach2016c,
  author = {Anja Steinbach, Anne-Kristin Kuhnt and Markus Knüll},
  title = {The prevalence of single-parent families and stepfamilies in Europe: can the Hajnal line help us to describe regional patterns?},
  year = {2016},
  journal = {The History of the Family},
  volume = {21},
  number = {4},
  pages = {578-595},
  month = {Oct},
  url = {http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/1081602X.2016.1224730},
  timestamp = {06.01.2017},
  abstract = {The study’s main objective is to gauge the prevalence of family forms following separation and divorce in Europe. In addition to the comparison of the prevalence of single-parent families and stepfamilies in Europe based on data of the ‘Generations and Gender Program’ (GGP), family patterns which draw on marriage and divorce rates on the one hand, and on the incidence of single parenthood and stepfamilies on the other hand are investigated. Data are available for 17 European countries (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, and Sweden) and include a total of 58,336 family households with minor children. The analysis first presents descriptive statistics allowing comparisons of the prevalence of single-parent families and stepfamilies. Secondly, a cluster analysis was carried out to identify family patterns around Europe and to answer the question, whether the Hajnal line can help us to describe regional differences. By taking marriage and divorce rates as well as the prevalence of single parenthood and stepfamilies into account we were able to identify four clusters of family patterns, which give no support for Hajnal’s line anymore. Family patterns in Europe are quite complex and hard to systemize by an East–West divide.}
}

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