Family Well-Being Across the Globe

For the first time, data are available on family well-being across high and low income countries around the world.  The World Family Map Project, a new initiative from Child Trends, acting in partnership with a number of foundations, nongovernmental organizations, and universities, has established measures of well-being based on the role that family plays in the lives of women, men, and children.

The World Family Map Project is a response to the urgent need to map trends in family life across the globe, with a special focus on the consequences of these trends for children.  The world family indicators include, family structure, family socioeconomics, family process, and family culture.

Some interesting findings include:

  • Although two-parent families are becoming less common, they still constitute a majority of families around the globe. Children are most likely to live in two-parent families in Asia and the Middle East, and somewhat less likely to live in two-parent families in the Americas, Europe, Oceania, and Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • The percentage of 15-year-olds who eat meals with their families regularly varies widely throughout the world, ranging from 62 percent in Israel to 94 percent in Italy.
  • In the majority of countries, most adults believe that working mothers can establish just as good relationships with their children as stay-at-home mothers can.

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