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Family Well-Being

European Perspectives

  • Almudena Moreno Minguez

Part of the Social Indicators Research Series book series (SINS, volume 49)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Almudena Moreno Mínguez
    Pages 1-6
  3. Approaches to the Study of Family Well-Being

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. Shirley L. Zimmerman
      Pages 9-25
  4. Family, Child Poverty and Well-Being

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 53-53
    2. Daniela Del Boca, Anna Laura Mancini
      Pages 55-72
  5. Work Family Balance and Gender

  6. Youth, Elder, Migration and Social Work

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 223-223
    2. Frédérique Hoffmann, Manfred Huber, Ricardo Rodrigues
      Pages 243-260
    3. Antonio López Peláez, Sagrario Segado Sánchez-Cabezudo
      Pages 277-301
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 303-306

About this book


This ground-breaking work plugs a yawning gap in the methods developed by social scientists to measure ‘well-being’, which to date have not featured a targeted measure of this variable for family groups. As Southern European societies crack under the strain of austerity programs imposed as a response to the current financial crisis, measuring the well-being of families is becoming an ever more urgent task. The contributors call for the gathering of data on a more broad-based definition of the family that accounts for social changes in recent decades. These changes have been seismic, with dramatic increases in globalization, population aging, labor force restructuring, increases in participation by mothers in the labor force, and single-parent families. This greater diversity in family structure makes the proposals put forward here a welcome addition to the debate, advocating a more inclusive understanding of how various families are impacted by the influences of social change, and arguing that these indices are essential to guide research, policy development, resource allocation and social evaluation.


Child Poverty Comparative Research Elderly Enpowerment Europe Family Family Policy Family Well-being Family change Gender Gender Euity Gender Roles Household Labour Income Support Parent Child Relations Social Indicators Social Work Sole Parents Transition to Adulthood Welfare Regimes Well-Being Working Parents

Editors and affiliations

  • Almudena Moreno Minguez
    • 1
  1. 1.Palazuelos de EresmaSpain

About the editors

Almudena Moreno took a PhD in Sociology from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona in 2004 and is professor in sociology at the University of Valladolid. She specialised in family issues, welfare state, public policy and comparative research on gender. She has been visiting researcher at the universities of Oxford (United Kingdom), McGill (Canada), Göteborg (Sweden), Stirling (United Kingdom), Turin (Italy) and Chicago (EE.UU). Currently she is taking part in two European projects on equality policies on gender and youth. She is also a member in AREA, where she is developing her work as researcher in different European projects. Her research work has been recognized with the International Award for Young Sociologists, given by the International Sociological Association in 1998; an award of research given by the Fundación Acción Familiar, in 2004 and the extraordinary award of Ph.D. in 2006.

She has published numerous books and articles. Her last publications include: (2009): "Gender, Equality and Quality of Life: Examples of Best Practices from Nine European Cities" in: Community Quality-of Life Indicators, V.2, Best Cases, edited by Philips, Rhonda; Rahtz, Don R.; (2009): "Family and gender roles in Spain from a comparative perspective", European Societies Journal; (2009): "Gender Roles, Family Policies and Dilemmas of the Work and Family Life Balance in Spain from a Comparative European Framework", Journal of Societal & Social Policy.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Family Well-Being
  • Book Subtitle European Perspectives
  • Editors Almudena Moreno Minguez
  • Series Title Social Indicators Research Series
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-94-007-4353-3
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-017-8208-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-007-4354-0
  • Series ISSN 1387-6570
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VIII, 308
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Quality of Life Research
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From the book reviews:

“The book is structured around four major parts, with a total of 14 chapters. … This book is highly recommended as required reading for a wide range of quality of life researchers, students as well as members of the government or non-government organizations. It can be taken as a reference book for researchers in this field of study. Its content in qualitative and quantitative data gives the volume a special strength.” (Marta Ortega Gaspar, Applied Research Quality Life, Vol. 9, 2014)