English title: Family Report 2011
Author(s): Freek Bucx -
Type: Book (monograph)
Between 2007 and 2010 the Netherlands had its first ever Minister for Youth and Family. The position of the family in modern society is a subject of considerable debate, not just at political and policy level, but also in society itself. Voices are frequently heard in that debate expressing concern about the functioning of modern families and about the development of the children who grow up in them. But what are the facts when it comes to family life in the Netherlands? Which families encounter difficulties that require action from the government or support services? The Family Report 2011 paints a picture of the way in which families form in the Netherlands today, and the views that people have about this. It describes the financial position of families and the way in which parents combine looking after children with performing paid work. Particular attention is devoted in the Report to bringing up children. Despite the wide societal attention for this question, relatively little is known about how parents in the Netherlands actually raise their children today. What do today's parents consider important in bringing up their children? What do they do when their child refuses to listen, does things that are dangerous or not allowed, or when their child is sad or troubled? And what role does the social environment play? Can parents today still rely on relatives, friends or neighbours to help with bringing up their children? The Netherlands Institute for Social Research/SCP carried out a study of these questions in 2010, in a large-scale survey of almost 2,700 parents with children aged up to 17 years. The findings are set out in this Report.
City: Den Haag
Number of pages: 248