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Family Effects

Family effects


‘Family effects’ is a broad term generally used to indicate how family membership and experiences may have consequences for individuals.


Some social scientists consider the ways in which general patterns of family lives – including individual decisions by family members – affect wider processes, such as economic development. However, contemporary research on family effects is largely preoccupied with how various aspects of family experiences affect individuals, with such questions being related to political and policy issues.

Studies of family effects generally assume that events and processes in early life help to shape the individual life trajectory, often strongly linked to theories of child development and attachment. Various perspectives are invoked to explain such effects, including economic resources, family patterns, stressful life events, and individual ...

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