UA&P co-sponsors 1st int’l report on family well-being

UA&P co-sponsors 1st int’l report on family well-being

by UA&P News Desk on January 17, 2013 - 3:32 pm

World Family Map

World Family Map

The University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P) has contributed to the first-ever data report on family well-being across high and low income countries around the world.

Initiated by the US-based think tank Child Trends and co-sponsored by various institutions including UA&P, the World Family Map 2013: Mapping Family Change and Child Well-being Outcomes summarizes a large body of data on family strengths and challenges, as well as important educational outcomes for children and youth. The report explores the social, economic, familial, and cultural factors that tend to strengthen or undermine family life.

Among the report’s findings is that children living with both parents in high- and middle-income countries excel more than those with only one or no parents.

“The additional financial, social, and cultural capital that two parents can provide to their children appears to give them an educational advantage,” the report says.

In measuring academic excellence, the study used children’s reading literacy, grade repetition, school enrollment, and expected grade for age, among others.

Researchers note, however, that children raised in single-parent homes and those who live without their parents in low-income countries “often do about as well as or sometimes even better than children in two-parent households.”

According to the study, these children may be recipients of “social and financial support from extended kin, or the resident parent may draw on the financial resources of the nonresident parent who is working as a migrant worker away from home.”

“It is also possible that children may benefit from living with single mothers if these mothers invest in their children’s education more heavily than do fathers,” the report adds, “and if single mothers have more control over the resources and decision-making that support children’s education.”

The World Family Map 2013 was funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Focus Global, and Social Trends Institute. Aside from UA&P, the co-sponsors are Universidad de los Andes (Chile), Universidad de la Sabana (Colombia), Universidad de Piura (Peru), Institute of Marriage and Family Canada, Netherlands Youth Institute, and Seoul National University.

UA&P’s Dr. Antonio Torralba was among the report’s advisors.

Last year UA&P was also part of The Sustainable Demographic Dividend, an international study on marriage and demography conducted by the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia.

View/download the World Family Map »

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