English title: Well-Being in Married and Cohabiting Families with Children and Social Support during Economic Recession in Europe

Author(s): Mare Ainsaar -

Language: English

Type: Book chapter

Year: 2017


Existing research provides inconsistent results about the influence of children in a family on life satisfaction of parents, and even less is known about the influence of different partnership types on life satisfaction. The aim of this chapter is to compare the life satisfaction differences of officially registered and cohabiting persons with and without children during the economic recession in 2010. The results demonstrate that despite the increasing share of cohabiting parents, marriage provides the highest life satisfaction, although the life satisfaction of cohabiting partners is equally good in many countries. The influence of children on life satisfaction is more diverse and depends on partnership type. The differences of life satisfaction in different family types can be explained to a certain extent with individual selectivity of people into different family types, economic coping and with support from society to families with children.

From page no: 214

To page no: 227

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