Stepfamily Dynamics in Sweden: Essays on family structure and children’s well-being
2013 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
This thesis investigates different aspects of family structure and children’s well-being in Sweden. Applying a child perspective, it analyzes children’s likelihood of stepfamily entry, their emotional well-being in different family forms and educational outcomes in families with complex sibling structures. Analyses are performed using data from nationally representative surveys of both parents and children as well as from administrative registers.
The results do not show any socioeconomic differences in the process of family reconstitution, although children of parents with low educational attainment are more likely to be in the risk pool for stepfamily formation. There are however differences by gender, with girls having higher likelihood of stepfamily entry than boys, especially in the younger ages. Children are also more likely to experience a stepfamily formation on the paternal side, thus gaining a stepmother. Gender differences can also be found in the association between family type and emotional as well as educational well-being, with girls showing slightly more adverse outcomes than boys. Children of both sexes do however show lower well-being and school outcomes in post-separation family types than in original two-parent families.
Like previous international stepfamily literature the results show that Swedish children in stepfamilies and blended families experience adverse emotional and educational outcomes but that the differences are generally small. The main contrast to previous, mostly American, studies are the lack of socioeconomic differences in stepfamily formation and that adverse emotional outcomes in single parent families as well as stepfamilies seem to be mainly explained by differences in parenting and the parent-child relationship rather than economic deprivation.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Acta Universitatis Stockholmiensis, 2013. , 43 p.
Dissertation series / Stockholm University Demography Unit, ISSN 1404-2304 ; 8
Stepfamily, family structure, child well-being
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Research subject Sociological Demography
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-93284ISBN: 978-91-87235-50-4ISBN: 978-91-87235-49-8OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-93284DiVA: diva2:646165
2013-10-11, Ahlmannsalen, Geovetenskapens hus, Svante Arrhenius väg 12, Stockholm, 10:00 (English)
Furstenberg,, Frank F. Jr., Professor
Thomson, Elizabeth, Professor emeritaOláh, Livia, Docent
ProjectsFamiljestruktur, ekonomiska resurser och barns levnadsvillkor
FunderForte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2004-1975
At the time of the doctoral defense, the following paper was unpublished and had a status as follows: Paper3: Manuscript.2013-09-192013-09-062016-05-27Bibliographically approved
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