Programme Grant: Family structure, economic resources, and children's living conditions

Project leader

Funding source

Forte - Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare

Project Details

Start date: 01/01/2005
End date: 31/12/2010
Funding: 8100000 SEK


The research program on family structure, economic resources and children’s living conditions is a collaborative effort between the Demography Unit at the Department of Sociology and the Level of Living Project at the Swedish Institute for Social Research, both at Stockholm University. The research focuses on the importance of childhood family structure and economic resources for children. It emphasizes both the present living conditions of children (wellbeing) and indicators of potential long-term consequences (“well-becoming”). The program incorporates three linked components: (1) demographic analyses and improved understanding of changes in the family lives of Swedish children over the past several decades with projections for the immediate future; (2) consequences of family change for children; and (3) consequences for children of economic resources during childhood, including those associated with family change. The research program will be based on analyses of new data from parents and children in the 2000 Level of Living Survey and on several unique data sets generated from Swedish registers. Although the research is directed toward the Swedish case, it puts Sweden in a comparative perspective through collaborations with international scholars working on parallel issues in the United States and other European countries. The goal in this effort is to contribute to theories about the consequences of family and economic circumstances on children in the context of a state welfare regime that differs substantially from the liberal welfare states (the U.S. and Great Britain) within which most of the research on these issues has been conducted. Another major goal of the program is to produce new scholars whose theoretical understanding and research skills put them at the forefront of research and policy on children’s living conditions.

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