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Is help always helpful?
26/02/2015- Pop Digests
Is help always helpful?
Receiving Instrumental Support in Late Parent-Child Relationships and Parental Depression
Depression is a major public health problem and the most frequent cause of emotional suffering in later life, which significantly decreases the quality of life of older adults. Social support from family members, and especially children, is of key importance for mental health and well-being. In this study, Maja Djundeva, Melinda Mills, Rafael Wittek and Nardi Steverink explore the role of gender, functional limitations, and social interaction in the association between instrumental support from adult children and parental depression.
Policies at your fingertips: Population Europe launches data portal “PERFAR”
26/02/2015- press release
Policies at your fingertips: Population Europe launches data portal “PERFAR”
What are the policies designed to address population change in Europe, and how do these policies work within modern societies? To help answer these questions, Population Europe, the Network of Europe’s Leading Demographic Research Centres, has launched a freely accessible data portal of policies related to population developments: the Population Europe Resource Finder and Archive PERFAR ( This new tool for researchers, decision-makers, and science journalists offers not only a comprehensive collection of policies in currently up to 16 European countries covering various areas (family, education, employment, health, migration), it also contains further socio-economic and demographic information, and the latest research results in the field. PERFAR also directs users to relevant graphs and tables from diverse data providers. “Validated data that connects policies with social and demographic trends are key to evidence-based decision-making and policy analysis, but these data are often hard to find. PERFAR helps researchers, policy makers, and journalists to navigate through this complex area”, says Axel Börsch-Supan, the director of the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy, who oversees the activities of PERFAR together with Max Planck Directors Ulrich Becker (Munich) and James W. Vaupel (Rostock). Access to the data portal is free of charge and users will be able to easily conduct comparative analyses of policies across Europe. PERFAR was developed with support from the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science e.V. and the European Union. More information can be found at
Is There a North–South Divide in Integration Outcomes?
24/02/2015- News
Is There a North–South Divide in Integration Outcomes?
Integration models are often viewed as a necessary tool for framing integration policies, and for measuring integration efficiency. While “old” European immigration countries in Europe account for a systematic framework of integration policies embedded in a given integration philosophy, new immigration countries (particularly Italy, Greece, Portugal and Spain) have lacked a coherent set of integration policies and practices and, it goes without saying, a philosophical approach to integration.

Researchers Hector Cebolla-Boado and Claudia Finotelli are trying to fill the lack of appropriate comparative empirical evidence backing or dismissing this divide.
The objective of their article is to explore national-level differences in the real performance of immigrants in selected European countries of immigration along key indicators of integration outcomes, including school attainment and labor market participation. They discuss the position of Italy, Spain, Greece and Portugal as a coherent cluster of countries and compare the performance of their migrants with that of other foreign-born workers settled in the West of Europe.

Their evidence provides little support for the idea that the Southern countries are a unique cluster and that they homogeneously lag behind in terms of integration outcomes.

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Why Odd Times Suit Working Mothers
19/02/2015- Pop Digests
Why Odd Times Suit Working Mothers
Non-Standard Work Schedules and Childbearing in the Netherlands: A Mixed-Method Couple Analysis
The increasing labour force participation of women is considered one of the most significant social changes of the past decades and has had a profound impact on the household division of labour and childbearing decisions. The growth in female labour market participation and the resulting difficulties in combining work and family duties does not only impact the number of hours women work, but it also impacts their working times.
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What are the policies designed to address population change in Europe, and how do these policies work within modern societies? To help answer these ...