• December 2015
  • Vol. 16, No. 9

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Annual Report Highlights Global Family Health Indicators

Child Trends recently released the new World Family Map report, which monitors the global health of the family by tracking 16 indicators in 32 countries. The annual report shares data on these indicators—covering family structure, socioeconomics, processes, and culture—and also includes a detailed essay that focuses on a single aspect of family life. The focus of this year's report is how couples divide work and family responsibilities and its relationship to levels of happiness. In addition to examining how married and cohabitating couples with children split paid and domestic labor and their resulting happiness levels, it also explores whether factors like age, education, and religiosity affect how labor is divided and if the influence of these factors is region-specific.

Overall, findings show that there is no dominant pattern for labor division among couples and that no approach is consistently linked to higher levels of happiness; however, parents who have a partner to divide the labor with report more happiness than parents who do not have a partner. Other trends included the overall positive effect of women's education, a decreased gender gap in domestic work than was originally anticipated, and that domestic work is divided more traditionally in richer countries. In addition, the report describes findings in poverty levels; hunger and undernutrition; and the prevalence of marriage, cohabitation, and nonmarital childbearing in different regions.

World Family Map 2015: Mapping Family Change and Child-Well Being Outcomes is available at http://www.childtrends.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/2015-39WorldFamilyMap2015.pdf (10 MB).

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