The Family Foundation
Washington, DC | April 22-24, 2012Meeting Summary:
This meeting brought together scholars from both North and South America as well as from Europe, Asia, Africa and Oceania to present research on the myriad ways in which the family influences children’s education. This research led to The World Family Map Report 2013, titled Mapping Family Change and Child Well-being Outcomes. The report aims to alert policy makers, educators, family scholars, journalists, religious leaders, and business leaders to the conclusions drawn from the research. It does this by exploring the impact of family structure (e.g., parents’ marital status), family process (e.g., parental involvement), and family economics (e.g., parental employment) on children’s educational outcomes around the world.
A large body of research indicates that children in North America are more likely to flourish in school when they are raised in an intact, married family, when their parents are affectionate and involved, and when at least one parent is employed full-time. But less is known about whether the same factors impact children in Europe and Oceania in much the same way (especially when it comes to parents’ marital status) and much less is known about how these factors influence children’s educational outcomes in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. For instance, parents’ marital status may be less important for educational outcomes in societies where kin play a central role in children’s lives—such as Malaysia or Nigeria.
The report also includes a family indicators section detailing family-related trends in 45 countries around the world—including Australia, Canada, China, Egypt, Great Britain, Kenya, Malaysia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, and the United States. This section focuses on the following indicators:
- Demographic trends: Marriage, divorce, fertility, cohabitation, and nonmarital childbearing trends
- Cultural trends: Attitudes towards marriage, the importance of mothers and fathers, and work-family relations, as well as measures of religious attendance.
- Process trends: Parental involvement, domestic violence, and the quality of parent-child relationships.
- Economic trends. Parental employment, malnutrition, and material deprivation.
Speakers by Topic:
Family Structure, Family Resources & Education in Africa and East Asia
Parfait Eloundou-Enyegue - Cornell University
Bong Joo Lee - Seoul National University
Arland Thornton - University of Michigan
Research Questions, Methods and Preliminary Results
Laurie DeRose - University of Maryland
Kristin Moore - Child Trends
Mindy Scott - Child Trends
Laura Lippman - Child Trends
Anjli Panalal Doshi - Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development, Malaysia
W. Bradford Wilcox - University of Virginia
Causes and Consequences of Family Change in Europe and Latin America
Georgina Binstock - Centro de Estudios de Población
Fran Goldscheider - Brown University
Erik Jan de Wilde - Netherlands Youth Institute
Adam Andrews - Focus on the Family
Skip Burzmato - National Marriage Project, UVA
Paul Corcuera García - Piura University, Peru
Kristen Darling-Churchill - Child Trends
Dave Quist - Institute of Marriage and Family Canada
Derek Rogusky - Institute of Marriage and Family Canada
Renee Ryberg - Child Trends
Andres Salazar - La Sabana University, Colombia
Laura Speers - Annie E. Casey Foundation
Glenn Stanton - Global Focus
Claudia Tarud - Los Andes University, Chile