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Policy Brief

Boosting Children’s Lifetime Chances in Times of Diverse Family Forms

Key Messages: 

  • The impact of family dissolution on children varies considerably and lasting effects persist for only a minority.

  • To prevent negative consequences of family dissolution on children’s development, policies should prevent economic downward mobility and provide support to children and parents to adapt to new family dynamics and forms.

  • Life chances of children depend more strongly on the socio-economic background of their parents than on the family form they are living in.

  • Mitigating the effect of parental socio-economic background on children is one of the major challenges for family policies.