Canada's Changing Families: Implications for Individuals and Society

Kevin McQuillan, Zenaida R. Ravanera

© 2006

In recent years, two significant trends have had a substantial impact on Canadian families. First, Canadian families have been dramatically altered by high rates of separation and divorce, declining fertility, greater popularity of alternative family arrangements such as cohabitation, and increasing involvement of women in paid labour. Second, changes occurring in the economy and the larger society have brought new pressures to bear on families. In Canada's Changing Families, editors Kevin McQuillan and Zenaida R. Ravenera explore how these developments have altered family life.

Using data collected in recent surveys by Statistics Canada, contributors to this volume illustrate how transformed conditions in the labour market have forced families to alter their routines and the division of responsibilities within the household. At the same time, the government, striving to maintain or increase the competitive position of the economy, has moved to control spending, restrain taxes, and reduce deficits. The result has been new demands on the family to provide or supplement services that might otherwise be provided by the state.

Canada's Changing Families is an eye-opening study and one of great contemporary relevance.

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In Canada's Changing Families, editors Kevin McQuillan and Zenaida R. Ravenera explore how these developments have altered family life.

Canada's Changing Families: Implications for Individuals and Society

Kevin McQuillan, Zenaida R. Ravanera

© 2006

In recent years, two significant trends have had a substantial impact on Canadian families. First, Canadian families have been dramatically altered by high rates of separation and divorce, declining fertility, greater popularity of alternative family arrangements such as cohabitation, and increasing involvement of women in paid labour. Second, changes occurring in the economy and the larger society have brought new pressures to bear on families. In Canada's Changing Families, editors Kevin McQuillan and Zenaida R. Ravenera explore how these developments have altered family life.

Using data collected in recent surveys by Statistics Canada, contributors to this volume illustrate how transformed conditions in the labour market have forced families to alter their routines and the division of responsibilities within the household. At the same time, the government, striving to maintain or increase the competitive position of the economy, has moved to control spending, restrain taxes, and reduce deficits. The result has been new demands on the family to provide or supplement services that might otherwise be provided by the state.

Canada's Changing Families is an eye-opening study and one of great contemporary relevance.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.8in x 9.0in
  • Author Information

    Kevin McQuillan is a demographer and a professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Western Ontario.



    Zenaida R. Ravanera is a research associate in the Population Studies Centre at the University of Western Ontario.

  • Table of contents

    Contributors

    1. Introduction
      ZENAIDA R. RAVANERA and KEVIN MCQUILLAN

    Part One: Changes in Families: Childbearing, Work Patterns, and Life Course Transitions

    1. Transformed Families and the Basis for Childbearing
      RODERIC BEAUJOT and ALI MUHAMMAD
    2. A Balancing Act: Parents’ Work Arrangements and Family Time
      EVELYNE LAPIERRE-ADAMCYK, NICOLE MARCIL-GRATTON, and CÉLINE LE BOURDAIS
    3. Parental Time, Work Schedules, and Changing Gender Roles
      BENOÎT RAPOPORT and CÉLINE LE BOURDAIS
    4. Delayed Life Transitions: Trends and Implications
      RODERIC BEAUJOT

    Part Two: Family Transformation and Investment in Children

    1. The Evolving Family Living Arrangements of Canada’s Children: Consequences for Child Poverty and Child Outcomes
      DON KERR
    2. The Impact of Family Context on Adolescent Emotional Health during the Transition to High School
      KAREN MAC CON
    3. Intergenerational Transfer: The Impact of Parental Separation on Young Adults’ Conjugal Behaviour
      CLAUDINE PROVENCHER, CÉLINE LE BOURDAIS, and NICOLE MARCIL-GRATTON
    4. Single Parenthood and Labour Force Participation: The Effect of Social Policies
      NANCY MEILLEUR and EVELYNE LAPIERRE-ADAMCYK

    Part Three: Family Solidarity and Social Integration

    1. Family Solidarity in Canada: An Exploration with the General Social Survey on Family and Community Support
      FERNANDO RAJULTON and ZENAIDA R. RAVANERA
    2. Social Integration over the Life Course: Influences of Individual, Family, and Community Characteristics
      ZENAIDA R. RAVANERA and FERNANDO RAJULTON
    3. Conclusion: Family Change and the Challenge for Social Policy
      KEVIN MCQUILLAN

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