Research finds family policies benefit childbearing and work, not child development

September 23, 2013

A new study from Western University reveals that Quebec's family policies promote childbearing and paid work, but do not strengthen child development as well as corresponding policies from the rest of Canada.

The findings were published in Canadian Public Policy, a journal devoted to examining economic and social policy.

According to lead author Rod Beaujot, a sociology professor in Western's Faculty of Social Science, the of Quebec in Canada – and its desire to be in control of its own destiny – is reflected in the development of family policies that are different from policies found in the rest of Canada. This study finds that these different family policies have contributed to increasing in Quebec since 2000.

Paid work, particularly for women with young , has also benefited from Quebec's family policies. Research shows that married or cohabiting women in Quebec with young children (ages 0-4) have higher levels of employment and work more hours, on average, than similar women in the rest of Canada.

However, gains in have been slower in Quebec than they have been in the rest of Canada in recent years. This suggests that Quebec's more universal family and child care policies might not be as successful in encouraging child development, relative to the rest of Canada.

Beaujot speculates that targeted child care programs, like many outside of Quebec, are better able to concentrate their efforts on disadvantaged children with the highest needs.

The study used data collected primarily from Statistics Canada's 2006 Canadian General Social Survey (GSS) Cycle 20, which focused on the substantive area of "Family Transitions." The researchers also used data from Statistics Canada's Report on the Demographic Situation in Canada 2005 and 2006, and from the National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth (NLSCY).

Explore further: Choosing when and how to die: Are we ready to perform therapeutic homicide?

Related Stories

Mother's education impacts depression in her children

June 3, 2013

(Medical Xpress)—Children of women who did not finish high school were twice as likely to experience a major episode of depression in early adulthood as children whose mothers obtained a high school diploma, according to ...

Quebec moves to allow assisted suicide (Update)

June 12, 2013

The government of Canada's mostly French-speaking Quebec province on Wednesday unveiled legislation allowing terminally ill patients to kill themselves with a doctor's help.

Recommended for you

Drunk driving laws don't match the research

July 25, 2016

Emergency physicians learn to be prepared for anything thrown at us in the clinical arena. Personal life is a different story. Last year a drunk driver with multiple prior offenses and no valid driver's license smashed a ...

Clock controls junk food appeal

July 22, 2016

When it comes to extra kilojoules, a little more self-restraint won't go astray as the day progresses. New research from Flinders University and Liverpool University has studied the urge to snack more later in the day, even ...

Diagnoses: When are several opinions better than one?

July 22, 2016

Methods of collective intelligence can result in considerably more accurate medical diagnoses, but only under certain conditions. A study headed by researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development has shed new ...

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.