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The World Family Map 2013: Mapping Family Change and Child Well-being Outcomes

Child Trends

STI is pleased to support important research into family trends around the globe. The World Family Map project is one such STI-sponsored project.

The World Family Map 2013: Mapping Family Change and Child Well-being Outcomes

Laura H. Lippman and W. Bradford Wilcox, Mapping Family Change and Child Well-being Outcomes, Child Trends, 2013, 72pp.

STI Experts Meetings
The Family Foundation

The Report, which resulted from the 2012 STI Experts Meeting The Family Foundation, is also available in Spanish. It is divided into four sections:

The Executive Summary asserts that the family is a core social institution that occupies a central place in the lives of men, women, and children around the world: It is

  • a source of support, and sometimes an obstacle, to individual and collective achievements;
  • a unit of economic production and consumption;
  • an emotional haven that can sometimes be a source of emotional strain; and
  • a vehicle for extending caregiving and culture across the generations, for better and for worse.


World Family Indicators assess:

  • Family Structure
  • Family Socioeconomics
  • Family Process
  • Family Culture


The Central Essay, "Two, One or No Parents? Children's Living Arrangements and Educational Outcomes Around the World" addresses how family structure (especially living arrangements), family process, family socioeconomics and family culture effect children's educational achievements in 45 countries. 

Finally, the Conclusions explain the regional differences the data reflect.

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