Children’s living arrangements and experiences of family disruption In Sweden, 1975-2000
Sheela Kennedy, University of Wisconsin at Madison
Elizabeth Thomson, University of Wisconsin at Madison
This paper examines changes in children’s family structure in Sweden between 1975-2000 and focuses on socioeconomic differences in children’s family lives. We will address two main questions: 1) Have rising rates of cohabitation and childbearing in consensual unions increased children’s experience of family instability and time in a single-parent household? 2) Have these changes in children’s living arrangements disproportionately affected children from disadvantaged backgrounds? Sweden, a country with high rates of cohabiting births and high rates of union dissolution, combined with generous social policies, is an important context for studying SES differences in children’s family instability.
Presented in Session 15: Partnership dissolution and children