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Research News are short texts, similar to a press release, which allow users to stay updated on the partners’ research publications.

Urbanisation, closely linked to industrialisation, has been progressing unevenly across time and space around the globe for more than two centuries. The early stages of urbanisation have had often one thing in common and that is its uncontrolled organic growth with negative consequences for health and environment. According to WHO, many developing cities today are “focal points for many emerging environment and health hazards”. [...]
The common heteronormative family –  two parents and children – has been joined by other family forms more and more in the last few decades. Today, there are plenty of different living arrangements and subsequent unions, separations and childbearing with multiple partners that contribute to the growing complexity of family ties, making households with multiple (step-) parental relationships and step- and half-siblings increasingly common. [...]
A new paper by researchers Márta Radó and Michaël Boissonneault examines the differences in subjective wellbeing in Hungarians 0-3 years and 8-11 years after voluntary and involuntary retirement. The authors use genetic matching to improve the comparability of these two subgroups and to adjust the conditions of a controlled experiment in which voluntary retirement is the treatment variable. [...]
A new study published in a leading journal of public health shows that the recent increase of homicides in Mexico negatively impacted life expectancy for males and increased their lifespan inequality. [...]
The largest and most up-to-date study performed so far shows that the school progress of children with parents of the same sex does not differ from their peers in the United States today. This study, published in the leading journal Demography, also provides large-scale evidence that children adopted by same-sex parents do as well as children adopted by different-sex parents. [...]
Couples who are considering medically assisted reproduction (MAR) because they have difficulties conceiving naturally, have always feared that this decision could harm their baby. A new study published in The Lancet shows that couples can opt for this intervention without worrying about increasing their baby's health risks. [...]
Researchers Nina Conkova, Julie Vullnetari, Russell King, and Tineke Fokkema explored and compared older adults’ lived experiences and coping strategies in two postcommunist countries: Albania and Bulgaria. [...]
“Being a role-model” is said to be one of the most important parts of parenting. So, if we live in an egalitarian relationship, where paid and unpaid work are shared in equal parts, will our children take over these habits? [...]
Caring for one's grandchildren has become a more common experience for individuals partly as a result of a longer overlap between the lives of grandparents and their grandchildren. Existing research shows that around 50 per cent of grandparents engage in some grandparental child care in most European countries, however, this proportion is higher among older people with a migrant background, partly due to greater economic necessity among migrant families. [...]
A recent study by Kelly Huegaerts, Bram Spruyt and Christophe Vanroelen investigates the association between forms of capital and mental health among unemployed youth, with a specific focus on the mediating role of feelings of deprivation and self-esteem as “mechanisms of embodiment”. The study is based on a primary data collection among unemployed Brussels youth in the transition from education to employment. Results show that different forms of capital are related to the mental health of unemployed youth. These associations are partly mediated by feelings of deprivation and self-esteem. [...]

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