Family Life Education in Ukraine

  • Viktor BurlakaEmail author
  • Oleksii Serdiuk
  • Tetiana Nickelsen
  • Bohdan Tkach
  • Hanna Khvorova


Like in every society around the globe, family plays a key role in development, functioning, and well-being of Ukrainian people. In this chapter, we presented an account of history, traditions, legislation, and dynamics within modern families in Ukraine. We also highlighted the complexities related to the socioeconomic and political situation and their consequences that magnify family vulnerabilities and call for innovative and culturally situated solutions. To better illustrate the current status of family education, we focused on four areas that mirror our expertise while revealing the urgent needs and concerns related to family life in Ukraine. Specifically, we detailed aspects related to socioeconomic, historical, and cultural context of Ukraine, family demographics, legislation, strengths, and needs and their impact on the families in such areas as substance use, disability, sexually transmitted diseases, and interpersonal relations. Finally, the authors make a case that establishing departments of family life education, family studies, and family therapy at the university level would help prepare professional family life educators and further enhance the quality of family services in Ukraine.


Ukraine Family life education Violence Parenting Substance use Disability Sexually transmitted diseases Interpersonal relations 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Viktor Burlaka
    • 1
    Email author
  • Oleksii Serdiuk
    • 2
  • Tetiana Nickelsen
    • 3
  • Bohdan Tkach
    • 4
  • Hanna Khvorova
    • 5
  1. 1.University of Mississippi, School of Applied Sciences, Department of Social WorkOxfordUSA
  2. 2.University of Internal AffairsKharkiv, Kharkiv OblastUkraine
  3. 3.Pedagogical UniversityVinnytsia, Vinnyts’ka OblastUkraine
  4. 4.National Academy of Pedagogical Sciences H.S. Kostiuk Institute of PsychologyKyivUkraine
  5. 5.Drahomanov Pedagogical UniversityKyivUkraine

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