Everyday life and well-being of families
Context and objectives
It is one of the ifb's central tasks to conduct continuous and long-term research on the living conditions of families, the organisation of family life, and the needs of families, as well as on changes in these living conditions and lifestyles.
Everyday life in families is structured by the social framework within which the family members act and by the relationships between family members. Well-being, here broadly defined as material, physiological, and psychological aspects of the quality of life of families and their individual members, is, on the one hand, the result and, on the other hand, the prerequisite for this interrelated action.
In this context, the research work at the ifb deals with the structures, normative framework conditions, and changes in the everyday life of families in Germany and in international comparison. We particularly take into account the fact that the framework conditions for everyday activities, e.g., gender-specific options or restrictions in the life course, are changing. At the same time, we examine the connections between family structures, everyday family life, and the well-being of and within families.
Current content and thematic focuses
Our current research within the subject area "everyday life and well-being of families" focuses on
- the division of labor in the family,
- the balance between the areas of family and work, resulting conflicts, and the related health situation of women and men,
- housing, family income and material well-being.
The projects and the main topics are reviewed annually for their potential and modified if necessary.
Our research follows a theory-driven empirical approach and is based on quantitative or qualitative secondary or primary data, depending on the research question. The basis is a life course perspective, which is empirically addressed at best with history data. We consider both different phases of life (from childhood to old age) and specific transitions (e.g., household formation, parenthood, separations, retirement). A specific focus is on socio-demographic inequalities and dynamics of family life and well-being, e.g., by gender, education, or migration background.
Transfer to science and practice
It is our main goal to publish the results of our research in the form of peer-reviewed journal articles for the international scientific community. We provide decision-makers in practice and politics with the results of our research in the form of scientific policy advice. In this respect, our consultancy work is based on high-quality and internationally recognized research. The interested (specialist) public is also informed about our research in a suitable manner.