Journal Article

Policy changes and family stability: the Swedish case

LS Oláh

in International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family

Volume 15, issue 1, pages 118-134
Published in print April 2001 | ISSN: 1360-9939
Published online April 2001 | e-ISSN: 1464-3707 | DOI:
Policy changes and family stability: the Swedish case

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During the last few decades, policies concerning family dissolution and gender equality have changed radically in Sweden accompanied by growing family instability. This development raises the question whether policies influence family behaviour. By analysing data on families with children, extracted from the Swedish Family Survey of 1992-93, some interesting policy effects are detected. Although the no-fault divorce law had hardly any long-term effect on family stability in Sweden, joint custody and fathers' use of parental leave seem to be important. Also, findings regarding mothers' education and employment status indicate the influence of policy, at least indirectly, on family disruption.

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Subjects: Family Law ; Marriage and the Family

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