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Family and intergenerational dynamics are key elements of the social fabric of society. The focus of our research is to understand the variation in family life events and in the structure of family relationships and relations between generations, both between and within societies. Attention is centered on understanding inequalities in the occurrence, timing and sequencing of family life transitions as well as on the ways in which the relationships between parents and both young and adult children are structured. A life course perspective is applied where the long-term consequences of early life events, and the links between the lives of multiple family members ("linked lives") are taken into account.
Major changes in family and kinship relationships in developed societies are analyzed. On the one hand attention is given to life course events that lead to changes in the composition of families and kinship networks, such as leaving home, union formation, union dissolution, childbirth and death. On the other hand the development of key relationships within families and kinship networks and between generations is studied. This includes the partner relationship, the relationship between parents and young children, and the relationship between parents and adult children because changes in family structures and intergenerational relations occur in all stages of the life course. In its comparative approach our research is also focused on the role that institutional arrangements, such as social and family policies, play in maintaining or decreasing social inequalities in family life.
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