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Measurement of emerging forms of families and households

Published: January 2012

In recent decades, families, households and living arrangements have gone through major changes in Europe and North America. In particular, the patterns of family formation, dissolution and reconstitution have become more heterogeneous and family boundaries more ambiguous.

This publication presents a framework and a set of concepts and indicators for the measurement of new forms of families, households and living arrangements: reconstituted families, commuters between households, living apart together, same-sex couples, and persons living apart but within a network. It also contains proposals for survey questions on the new forms of families and households, based on the consolidated experience of countries that have tested and implemented them.

The publication has been prepared by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Task Force on Families and Households and endorsed by the Conference of European Statisticians.

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