Gender equality and sustainable development
UN Women, 16 October 2014.
Charting the rationale and the actions necessary to ensure ground-breaking change, this flagship UN study asserts that any comprehensive sustainable development pathway cannot be achieved without an explicit commitment to gender equality, women’s rights and their empowerment.
Advantages of demographic change after the wave
Plos One, 24 September 2014.
Around the world, people are living longer and having fewer children, leading to a population that is older, on average, than in the past. Most academic discussion of this trend has so far focused on potential problems it creates, including challenges to pension systems, economic growth, and healthcare costs. But according to this study, it may turn out to have many positive impacts for society.
The 2014 ‘State of the Kid’
Highlights Magazine, October 2014.
Polling adults about issues related to kids is common. And those of us who care about children — parents, grandparents, educators and others— study the results of these surveys, hoping for insights that will help us better understand kids. But how often do we take the time to ask kids what they think— and then actively listen to what they have to say?
The well-being of children in the UK, 2014
Office for National Statistics, 8 October 2014.
Data compiled by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) finds over three-quarters (77%) of children aged 10-15 are satisfied with their lives. Yet 12% of those aged 10-15 reported being a victim of crime, and 12% said they were frequently bullied. The ONS also found children quarrelled more with mothers than fathers.
Child poverty in the post-2015 agenda
UNICEF, June 2014.
This Issues Brief outlines why the post-2015 agenda should include an explicit focus on child poverty towards achieving a world fit for children.
How does partnership dissolution affect?
M. Brewer and A. Nandi - University of Essex, September 2014.
The stuy measures “living standards” with a range of measures, but the most important is a measure of income after taxes and benefits that has been adjusted for family size. Increases in this measure of equivalised income are taken to reflect improvements in living standards.
Share of U.S. adults who have never married
Pew Research Center, 24 September 2014.
This report explores the potential factors that are associated with this trend, including changing public attitudes,
demographic patterns and economic conditions.It looks at the reasons that never-married adults remain single as well as the qualities they are looking for in a potential spouse.
Teaching the Children
Pew Research Center - September, 2014.
A new Pew Research study of parenting attitudes among a nationally representative sample of more than 3,000 adults who were asked about the relative importance of 12 values kids need to learn, parents ranked the relative importance of each attribute this way: responsibility, hard work, helping others, good manners, independence, creativity, empathy for others, tolerance, persistence, curiosity, obedience and religious faith.
The longitudinal study of Australian children
Australian Institute of Family Studies, september 2014.
This study enables researchers to examine the dynamics of change as children develop, and to go beyond the static pictures provided by cross-sectional statistics. The study thereby gives policy-makers and researchers access to quality data about children’s development in the contemporary Australian environment.
The persistence of a two-child family ideal
Tomáš Sobotka and Éva Beaujouan - Population and Development Review, 15 September 2014.
How persistent and universal has the two child family ideal been in Europe during the last three decades? The mean ideal family size has become closely clustered around 2.2 in most countries and none of the analyzed surveys suggests a decline in mean ideal family size to levels considerably below replacement.