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Is the family system in Romania similar to those of Southern European countries?

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Castiglioni, Maria; Hărăguş, Mihaela; Faludi, Cristina; Hărăguş, Paul Teodor

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Abstract "In his influential 1998 study, David S. Reher discusses historical differences between countries with strong and weak family ties. He focuses on the 'Western World', comparing Italy and the Iberian Peninsula with Scandinavia, the British Isles, the Low Countries, Germany and Austria, together with North America. In this paper, we explore whether Romania, in Eastern Europe, can be characterised as having a strong family system, given the increasingly important role family has played for individual well-being following the end of the socialist regime. We observe a number of similarities between Romania and Southern European countries in terms of behaviours associated with 'strong family ties', opinions on family care and mutual intergenerational support. Differences can be explained in light of Romania's economic and housing crisis. Overall, it is likely that the importance of family ties in Romania increased after the end of the socialist regime." (author's abstract)
Keywords Romania; family; commitment; parent-child relationship; Intergenerational relations; domestic assistance; family formation; family planning; Southern Europe; post-communist society; post-socialist country; international comparison
Classification Population Studies, Sociology of Population; Family Sociology, Sociology of Sexual Behavior
Document language English
Publication Year 2016
Page/Pages p. 57-86
Journal Comparative Population Studies - Zeitschrift für Bevölkerungswissenschaft, 41 (2016) 1
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.12765/CPoS-2016-01en
ISSN 1869-8980
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-ShareAlike