Unicef, 12 April 2017.
A major humanitarian crisis is unfolding in Africa’s Lake Chad Basin, where violence and destruction have caused huge population displacements, left hundreds of thousands of children trapped behind conflict lines and led to a dramatic increase in malnutrition. Many have lost years of education.
Stress in America 2017 Snapshot:
Coping with change
American Psychological Association, 2017.
Stress affects everyone. Although we cannot eliminate stress entirely from our lives, we can minimize it by choosing to reside in the least toxic environments. The good news is stress levels in 2016 reached their lowest point in a decade. The bad news is they’re back on the uptick this year.
US: Couples living in subfamilies since the great recession
Jonathan Vespa and Sheela Kennedy - United States Census Bureau, March 2017.
Doubling up, or living in another person’s household, has been rising since the Great Recession. This paper looks at a particular case of doubling up: married and cohabiting couples who live in another household. We examine the prevalence of these subfamilies, focusing on differences between younger and older couples, among others.
Family Prosperity Index 2017
Wendy P. Warcholik and J. Scott Moody - American Conservative Union Foundation, February 2017.
The Family Prosperity Index incorporates data on economics, demographics, family structure, family self-sufficiency, family culture and family health in the US to rank the 50 states on how well they facilitate a conservative understanding of family prosperity.
Social vulnerability as an analytical perspective
Ann Zimmerman - Population Europe, February 2017.
This discussion paper seeks to sketch out social vulnerability as an analytical perspective to better understand the current situation and the long-term trends of social vulnerability in different welfare state regimes and under various political and historical settings. It is written within the scope of the project ‘On the edge of societies: New vulnerable populations, emerging challenges for social policies and future demands for social innovation.’
EU: fertility rate and age of women at birth of first child
Eurostat, 8 February 2017.
The total fertility rate in the EU increased from 1.46 in 2001 to 1.58 in 2015. It varied between Member
States from 1.31 in Portugal to 1.96 in France in 2015. On average, women who gave birth to their first child in 2015 were aged nearly 29.
Why paid family leave is good for business
The Boston Consulting Group, February 2017.
A growing number of companies are moving to provide paid family leave for their US employees—and they’re not all in industries you might expect. Why the shift? To answer this question BCG reviewed the policies of more than 250 companies and interviewed 25 HR leaders at large organizations.
Early life deprivation: is the damage already done?
Frank C. Verhulst - The Lancet, 22 February 2017.
Experiencing severe deprivation and neglect in childhood can have a lasting psychological impact into early adulthood. Published in The Lancet, this is the first large-scale study to follow a group of children who were subjected to extreme deprivation into adulthood, tracking how their mental health and cognition has developed as a result.
Couples on the brink
Harry Benson and Steve McKay - Marriage Foundation, February 2017.
This analysis provides robust evidence that unhappiness is relatively rare, and that unhappiness is rarely permanent. Couples most at risk are those who are either unsure about their happiness or unsure whether their relationship stands on the brink or not. It analyzes data from a Millennium Cohort Study sample of some 10,000 mothers who had babies in the year 2000 or 2001.
South-north migration of EU citizens in times of crisis
IMISCOE Research Series - Springer, 2017.
This collaborative book is one of the first attempts to assess comprehensively and
systematically the main features of crisis-driven South-North EU migration. The financial and economic crisis has been a challenge for the European integration process, and, in many respects, the study of South-North EU migration in times of crisis reveals as much about contemporary mobilities in the EU as it does on Member States’ willingness to build solidarity across borders.