Attitudes to Family Formation in Ireland: findings from the Nationwide Study
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Citation:Margret Fine-Davis, Attitudes to Family Formation in Ireland: Findings from the Nationwide Study, Dublin, Family Support Agency and Social Attitude and Policy Research Group, Trinity College, December, 2011
Research is a key responsibility for the Family Support Agency in developing its clearly defined role in the area of family services and policy. Knowing the extent and nature of the shifts in family life is vital if we are to cater for the needs of families. In the current environment of uncertainty as to the level of resources available to support parents and children, it is even more crucial that we have accurate and comprehensive information on Irish family life. This study examines attitudes to family formation and having children in a sample survey of 1,400 Irish men and women between the age of 20 and 49 from various family structures and from a variety of socio-economic groups. The findings provide an enthralling insight into how changes in Irish society in recent decades have greatly transformed the landscape with regard to family formation, child-bearing and family well-being. This study provides us with a greater understanding of the effects of changing attitudes and behaviours towards family formation in Ireland and also provides crucial information that will help focus minds on the economic and social issues currently affecting family formation in Ireland. This information is critical as it helps us to understand how and why these changes are taking place so that we can fulfil our role in the Family Support Agency to greatest effect in guiding policy for the benefit of future generations.
Publisher:Family Support Agency and Social Attitude and Policy Research Group, Trinity College