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ERIC Number: EJ888900
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 185
ISSN: ISSN-0022-2445
"Families" in International Context: Comparing Institutional Effects across Western Societies
Cooke, Lynn Prince; Baxter, Janeen
Journal of Marriage and Family, v72 n3 p516-536 Jun 2010
We review comparative evidence of institutional effects on families in Western societies. We focus on 2 key aspects of family life: gendered divisions of labor and people's transitions into, within, and out of relationships. Many individual-level models assume the effects are robust across countries. The international evidence over the past decade suggests instead that the socioeconomic and policy contexts strongly influence the significance and even direction of individual effects. A growing body of evidence also highlights important differences across social groups and family forms within countries. The pattern of relative gender, class, and other group equality varies across countries, as do related family experiences and outcomes. We conclude with suggestions for future comparative family research.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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