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Changing Gender Roles and Attitudes to Family Formation in Ireland$
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Margret Fine-Davis

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780719096969

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719096969.001.0001

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The effect of family status on well-being

The effect of family status on well-being

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(p.161) 10 The effect of family status on well-being
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Changing Gender Roles and Attitudes to Family Formation in Ireland
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Margret Fine-Davis

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719096969.003.0010

While much research has documented the major demographic changes which have been taking place in our society and in societies around us, little research has examined the effects of these changes on people’s well-being. A major focus of the present study was to examine the effects of 1) family status, i.e., being single, married or cohabiting, and 2) having children, on people’s well-being. Well-being is a broad and multi-faceted construct and therefore we included a number of measures of well-being in order to optimise reliability and validity. These included a multi-item measure of social integration vs. social isolation, measures of loneliness, positive life experiences, self-assessed physical and mental health, life satisfaction, and perceived standard of living, etc. Chapter 10 shows how married, cohabiting and single people differ on these measures of well-being. Gender differences are explored, as well as socio-economic status and other demographic variables. The results are compared to previous results obtained in Ireland and internationally.

Keywords:   Well-being, Social integration vs social isolation, Loneliness, Life satisfaction, Effects of family status on well-being, Physical health, Mental health

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