Family configurations and the life course

IP208 (former IP8)

Project leader: Clémentine Rossier

The nuclear family, particularly within marriage, has been regarded for a long time as a resilient group against expectations, constraints and hazards stemming from the social context. The pluralisation of life courses has, however, made families change, becoming more diverse and less predictable. IP8 in the first phase of the NCCR LIVES focused on the impact of non-normative events on conjugal quality and conjugal permanence.

During the second phase (2015-2018), IP208 expands the research issues by doing research on family ambivalence and family conflicts as life stressors in their own right, and by considering family forms beyond couples living and parenting together. Because the diversity of family and personal configurations needs to be understood in a comparative perspective across countries, IP208 will support the development of new tools and data collections worldwide.

In order to analyse non-standard family forms and their link to vulnerability, IP208 uses data from the Survey on families and generations, which the Swiss Federal Statistical Office conducted in 2013.

During Phase 1 (2011-2014), this project was entitled "Critical events and family configurations" (IP8)

Team:
Prof. Laura Bernardi, Prof. Claudine Burton-Jeangros, Prof. Dominique Joye, Prof. Eric Widmer
Dr. Gaëlle Aeby, Dr. Boris Cheval, Dr. Olga Ganjour, Dr. Jacques-Antoine Gauthier, Dr. Myriam Girardin, Dr. Eva Nada, Dr. Gina Potarca, Dr. Marlène Sapin, Dr. Gil Viry, Dr. Marieke Voorpostel

Doctoral students:
Dorian Kessler, Ornella Larenza, Sabrina Roduit

Research assistants:
Aude Michel, Stefan Sieber, Martina von Arx, Marie-Eve Zufferey, Kevin Roulin

Etudiante PAT:
Natalia Tikhonov Sigrist

 
News published on IP208

Publications

Selected publications

Other publications

Burkimsher, M., Rossier, C., & Wanner, P.. (2018). Who Has More Children in Switzerland: Swiss Or Foreign Women? - Why The TFR is a Misleading Measure. LIVES Working Paper, 73, 1-41. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.12682/lives.2296-1658.2018.73
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Rossier, C., Soura, A. Bassiahi, Lankoandé, B., & Millogo, R. Modeste. (2016). Health disparities on the periphery of Ouagadougou. In D. Ramiro Farinas & Oris, M., New Approaches to Death in Cities during the Health Transition (pp. 217–241). Cham, Switzerland: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-43002-7_12
Cullati, S., Burton-Jeangros, C., & Abel, T.. (2018). Vulnerability in Health Trajectories: Life Course Perspectives. Swiss Journal of Sociology, 44, 203–216. doi:10.1515/sjs-2018-0009
Widmer, E. D., Viry, G., & Ganjour, O.. (2018). The intricacies of space and inclusiveness in family and personal networks. In O. Kapella, Schneider, N., & Rost, H., Familie – Bildung – Migration. Familienforschung im Spannungsfeld zwischen Wissenschaft, Politik und Praxis. Leverkusen, Deutschland: Verlag Barbara Budrich.
Thomas, N., & Stoecklin, D.. (2018). Recognition and Capability: A New Way to Understand How Children Can Achieve Their Rights?. In C. Baraldi & Cockburn, T., Theorising Childhood (pp. 73–94). Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-72673-1_4
Rossier, C., & Corker, J.. (2017). Contemporary use of traditional contraception in sub-Saharan Africa. Population and Development Review, 43, 192–215. doi:10.1111/padr.12008
Stoecklin, D. (2018). Freely Expressed Views: Methodological Challenges for the Right of the Child to be Heard. Child Indicators Research, 1–20. doi:10.1007/s12187-018-9527-6
Tillman, R., Voorpostel, M., & Farago, P.. (2018). Introduction -Tillman. In R. Tillman, Voorpostel, M., & Farago, P., Social dynamics in Swiss society: Empirical studies based on the Swiss Household Panel (Vol. 9, p. ix–xiii). Cham, Switzerland: Springer. Retrieved from https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007%2F978-3-319-89557-4
Potarca, G., & Bernardi, L.. (2018). The (un)healthy migrant effect. The role of legal status and naturalization timing. In R. Tillman, Voorpostel, M., & Farago, P., Social Dynamics in Swiss Society (pp. 79–93). Cham, Switzerland: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-89557-4_6
Daniele, M. A. S., Ganaba, R., Sarrassat, S., Cousens, S., Rossier, C., Drabo, S., et al.. (2018). Involving male partners in maternity care in Burkina Faso: a randomized controlled trial. Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 96, 450–461. doi:10.2471/BLT.17.206466
Rossier, C., Bradley, S. E. K., Ross, J., & Winfrey, W.. (2015). Reassessing unmet need for family planning in the postpartum period. Studies in Family Planning, 46, 355–367. doi:10.1111/j.1728-4465.2015.00037.x
Potarca, G., & Bernardi, L.. (2018). Mixed marriages in Switzerland: A test of the segmented assimilation hypothesis. Demographic Research, 38, 1457–1494. doi:10.4054/DemRes.2018.38.48
Struffolino, E., Bernardi, L., & Larenza, O.. (2018). Lone Parenthood and Employment Trajectories: A Longitudinal Mixed-Method Study. LIVES Working Paper, 67, 1-33. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.12682/lives.2296-1658.2018.67
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Recksiedler, C., & Bernardi, L.. (2018). Lone Mothers’ Repartnering Trajectories and Health: Does the Welfare Context Matter?. LIVES Working Paper, 66, 1-23. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.12682/lives.2296-1658.2018.66
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Potarca, G., & Bernardi, L.. (2017). Educational sorting in mixed marriages in Switzerland. Swiss Journal of Sociology, 43. doi:10.1515/sjs-2017-0026
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Bernardi, L., & Mortelmans, D.. (2018). Lone Parenthood in the Life Course. Life Course Research and Social Policies (Vol. 8, p. 338). Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-63295-7
Bernardi, L., Struffolino, E., & Milewski, N.. (2018). Migrant status and lone motherhood-Risk factors or female labour force participation in Switzerland. In L. Bernardi & Mortelmans, D., Lone parenthood in the life course (pp. 141–163). Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing.
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Wall, K., Widmer, E., Gauthier, J. - A., Cesnuityté, V., & Gouveia, R.. (2018). Families and personal networks - An international comparative perspective. Palgrave Macmillan Studies in Family and Intimate Life (1st ed., p. 254). London, United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan. doi:10.1057/978-1-349-95263-2
Larenza, O., Bernardi, L., & Mortelmans, D.. (2018). Changing lone parents, changing life courses. In L. Bernardi & Mortelmans, D., Lone parenthood in the life course (pp. 1–26). Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. Retrieved from https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007%2F978-3-319-63295-7
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Cheval, B., Sieber, S., Guessous, I., Orsholits, D., Courvoisier, D. S., Kliegel, M., et al.. (2018). Effect of early- and adult-life socioeconomic circumstances on physical inactivity. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 50(3), 476–485. doi:10.1249/MSS.0000000000001472
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Wall, K., Cesnuityté, V., Widmer, E., & Gauthier, J. - A.. (2018). Conclusions. In K. Wall, Widmer, E., Gauthier, J. - A., Cesnuityté, V., & Gouveia, R., Families and personal networks: An international comparative perspective (pp. 225–238). London, United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan. Retrieved from https://www.palgrave.com/us/book/9781349952625#
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Widmer, E., Gouveia, R., Aeby, G., & Cesnuityté, V.. (2018). Understanding personal networks as social capital. In K. Wall, Widmer, E., Gauthier, J. - A., Cesnuityté, V., & Gouveia, R., Families and personal networks: An international comparative perspective (pp. 167–186). London, United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan. Retrieved from https://www.palgrave.com/us/book/9781349952625
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Gauthier, J. - A., Aeby, G., Ramos, V., & Cesnuityté, V.. (2018). Linking family trajectories and personal networks. In K. Wall, Widmer, E., Gauthier, J. - A., Cesnuityté, V., & Gouveia, R., Families and personal network: An international comparative perspective (pp. 187–223). London, United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan. Retrieved from https://www.palgrave.com/us/book/9781349952625
Aeby, G., Widmer, E., Cesnuityté, V., & Gouveia, R.. (2018). Mapping the plurality of personal configurations. In K. Wall, Widmer, E., Gauthier, J. - A., Cesnuityté, V., & Gouveia, R., Families and personal networks: an international perspective (pp. 131–166). London, United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan. Retrieved from https://www.palgrave.com/us/book/9781349952625
Wall, K., Gouveia, R., Aeby, G., & Cesnuityté, V.. (2018). Changing meanings of family in personal relationships: a comparative perspective. In K. Wall, Gouveia, R., Cesnuityté, V., Widmer, E., & Gauthier, J. - A., Families and personal networks: an international comparative perspective (pp. 99–130). London, United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan. Retrieved from https://www.palgrave.com/us/book/9781349952625#
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Gouveia, R., Aeby, G., & Cesnuityté, V.. (2018). A first portrait of personal networks in a comparative perspective. In R. Gouveia, Cesnuityté, V., Wall, K., Widmer, E., & Gauthier, J. - A., Families and personal networks: An international comparative perspective (pp. 61–97). London, United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan. doi:10.1057/978-1-349-95263-2_3
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Ramos, V., Cesnuityté, V., Wall, K., & Joye, D.. (2018). Contextualising personal networks across birth cohorts and countries. In K. Wall, Widmer, E., Gauthier, J. - A., Cesnuityté, V., & Gouveia, R., Families and personal networks : An international comparative perspective (pp. 19-60). London, United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan. Retrieved from https://www.palgrave.com/us/book/9781349952625#
Widmer, E., Gauthier, J. - A., Wall, K., Cesnuityté, V., & Gouveia, R.. (2018). Introduction. In E. Widmer, Gauthier, J. - A., Wall, K., Cesnuityté, V., & Gouveia, R., Families and personal networks (pp. 1–18). London, United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan. Retrieved from www.palgrave.com/de/book/9781349952625
Bernardi, L., & Larenza, O.. (2018). Variety of transitions into lone parenthood. In L. Bernardi & Mortelmans, D., Lone parenthood in the life course (pp. 93–108). Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. Retrieved from https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-319-63295-7#about
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Gauthier, J. - A., & Valarino, I.. (2016). Approche séquentielle multidimensionnelle de l'activation du statut-maître sexué lors de la transition à la parentalité. In Devenir parent, devenir inégaux, transition à la parentalité et inégalités de genre (First., pp. 48-73). Zurich, Switzerland: Seismo.
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Aeby, G., Gauthier, J. - A., Gouveia, R., Ramos, V., & Wall, K.. (2017). The impact of co-residence trajectories on personal networks in the transition to adulthood: A comparative perspective. In V. Cesnuityté, Lück, D., & Widmer, E., Family continuity and change: Contemporary European perspectives (First., pp. 211-242). Basingstoke, United Kingdom: Palgrave.
Lebert, F., & Voorpostel, M.. (2016). Turnover as a strategy to escape job insecurity: The role of family determinants in dual-earner couples. Journal of Family and Economic Issues, 37(3), 407-421. doi:10.1007/s10834-016-9498-z
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Roeters, A., Mandemakers, J. J., & Voorpostel, M.. (2016). Parenthood and well-being: The moderating role of leisure and paid work. European Journal of Population, 32(3), 381-401. doi:10.1007/s10680-016-9391-3
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Struffolino, E., & Bernardi, L.. (2017). Vulnerabilität alleinerziehender Mütter im Laufe des Lebens in der Schweiz. Zeitschrift für Soziologie der Erziehung und Sozialisation, 2(37), 123-141.
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Sauvain-Dugerdil, C., & Koncilja-Sartorius, B.. (2016). Nouveaux parents: Quelle égalité face au temps?. In J. - M. Le Goff & Levy, R., Devenir parent, devenir inégaux (pp. 130-163). Zurich, Switzerland: Seismo.
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Fargnoli, V. (2016). Apprendre à "Vivre avec le VIH": processus de légitimité et de redéfinition de soi. In L. Demailly & Garnoussi, N., Aller mieux - Approches sociologiques (First., pp. 97-110). Lille, France: Presses Universitaires du Septentrion.
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Sapin, M., & Widmer, E.. (2016). La transformation des réseaux personnels des femmes et des hommes durant la transition à la parentalité: Contraction des liens et gestation d'inégalités. In J. - M. Le Goff & Levy, R., Devenir parents, devenir inégaux. Transition à la parentalité et inégalités de genre (pp. 164-182). Zurich and Geneva, Switzerland: Seismo.
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Bernardi, L., & Keim, S.. (2017). Childless at age 30: A qualitative study of the life course plans of working women in East and West Germany. In Childlessness in Europe: Contexts, causes, and consequences (pp. 253-267). Berlin, Allemagne: Springer.
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Bernardi, L. (2017). The intergenerational transmission of fertility. In Emerging trends in the social and behavioral sciences (pp. 01-16). Etats-Unis, Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons.
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Ganjour, O., & Widmer, E.. (2017). Family salience across nations: Configurations of morphological conditions. In Family continuity and change (First., pp. 33-59). London, United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan.
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Cesnuityté, V., Lück, D., & Widmer, E.. (2017). Conclusion. In Family continuity and change (First., pp. 27-31). London, United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan.
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Widmer, E., Cesnuityté, V., & Lück, D.. (2017). Introduction. In Family continuity and change (First., pp. 1-5). London, United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan.
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Widmer, E., Cesnuityté, V., & Lück, D.. (2017). Family continuity and change (First.). London, United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan.
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Burton-Jeangros, C. (2016). Trajectoires de santé, inégalités sociales et parcours de vie. Berne: Académie suisse des sciences humaines et sociales.
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Tillmann, R., Voorpostel, M., Antal, E., Kuhn, U., Lebert, F., Ryser, V. - A., et al.. (2016). The Swiss Household Panel study: Observing social change since 1999. Longitudinal and Life Course Studies, 7(1), 64-78. doi:10.14301/llcs.v7i1.360
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Rossier, C. (2015). Le nombre d'avortements provoqués augmente quand on libéralise cette pratique. In V. Ridde & Ouattara, F., Des idées reçues en santé mondiale (First., pp. 78-81). Montréal: Les Presses de l'Université de Montréal.
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Widmer, E., & Ganjour, O.. (2017). Family salience across nations: Configurations of morphological conditions. In V. Cesnuityté, Lück, D., & Widmer, E., Family continuity and change: Contemporary European perspectives (pp. 33-59). Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave.
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Lück, D., Widmer, E., & Cesnuityté, V.. (2017). Conclusions: Changes and continuities in European family lives. In V. Cesnuityté, Lück, D., & Widmer, E., Family continuity and change: Contemporary European perspectives (pp. 313-328). Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave.
Blieszner, R., & Voorpostel, M.. (2016). Families and aging: Toward an interdisciplinary family-level approach. In V. L. Bengtson & Settersten, R., Handbook of theories of aging (Third., pp. 327-348). New York, USA: Springer.
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Bernardi, L., Mynarska, M., & Rossier, C.. (2015). Uncertain, changing and situated fertility intentions: A qualitative analysis. In D. Philipov, Liefbroer, A., & Klobas, J., Reproductive Decision-Making in a Macro-Micro Environment (pp. 113-139). Deutschland: Springer.
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Rothenbühler, M., & Voorpostel, M.. (2016). Attrition in the Swiss Household Panel: Are vulnerable groups more affected than others?. In M. Oris, Roberts, C., Joye, D., & Ernst Stähli, M., Surveying human vulnerabilities across the life course (pp. 221-242). New York: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-24157-9_10
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Favez, N., Widmer, E., Doan, M. - T., & Tissot, H.. (2015). Coparenting in stepfamilies: Maternal promotion of family cohesiveness with partner and with father. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 14(11), 3268-3278. doi:10.1007/s10826-015-013-x
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Widmer, E., & Girardin, M.. (2016). Actively generating one's family: How elders shape their family configurations. In E. Scabini & Rossi, G., L'allungamento della vita. Une risorsa per la famiglia, un'opportunità per la società (Vol. 28, pp. 85-104). Milan, Italie: Vita E Pensiero.
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Widmer, E. (2016). La pluralisation des manières d'être en couple en Suisse. In Ehe und Partnerschaft zwischen Norm und Realität / Le mariage et le partenariat entre norme et réalité (First., Vol. 11, pp. 10-21). Bern: Akademien der wissenschaften Schweiz.
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Perelli-Harris, B., & Bernardi, L.. (2015). Exploring social norms around cohabitation: The life course, individualization, and culture. Demographic Research, 33(25), 701-732. doi:10.4054/DemRes.2015.33.25
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Struffolino, E., Bernardi, L., & Voorpostel, M.. (2015). Self-reported health among lone mothers: Do employment and education matter?. LIVES Working Papers, 2015(44), 1-28. doi:10.12682/lives.2296-1658.2015.44
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Milardo, R. M., Helms, H., Widmer, E., & Marks, S.. (2014). Social capitalization in personal relationships. In C. R. Agnew, Social influences on romantic relationships: Beyond the dyad (pp. 33-57). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Widmer, E. (2014). Sociologie de la famille. Un demi-siècle de pluralisation des formes familiales, et après?. In P. Servais, Regards sur la famille, le couple et la sexualité (pp. 35-46). Louvain-la-Neuve: Academia L'Harmattan.
Potarca, G., & Mills, M.. (2015). Racial preferences in online dating across European countries. European Sociological Review, 2015, 1-16. doi:10.1093/esr/jcu093
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Potarca, G., Mills, M., & Neberich, W.. (2015). Relationship preferences among gay and lesbian online daters: Individual and contextual influences. Journal of Marriage and Family, 77(2), 523–541. doi:10.1111/jomf.12177
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Ammar, N., Gauthier, J. - A., & Widmer, E.. (2014). Trajectories of intimate partnerships, sexual attitudes, desire and satisfaction. Advances in Life Course Research, 22, 62-72. doi:10.1016/j.alcr.2014.06.001
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Widmer, E. (2014). Partnerships, family and personal configurations. In J. Treas, Scott, J., & Richards, M., The Wiley-Blackwell companion to the sociology of families (pp. 236-254). Chichester: John Wiley & Sons.
Keim, S., Klärner, A., & Bernardi, L.. (2013). Tie strength and family formation: Which personal relationships are influential?. Personal Relationships, 20, 462-478. doi:10.1111/j.1475-6811.2012.01418.x
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Widmer, E. (2014). Marital quality and family configurations. In A. C. Michalos, Encyclopedia of quality of life and well-being research (pp. 3800-3804). Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-94-007-0753-5_3921
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Bernardi, L. (2013). From mothers to daughters: Intergenerational transmission of fertility norms. In A. Lise Ellingsaeter, Jensen, A. - M., & Lie, M., The social meaning of children and fertility change in Europe (pp. 153-169). New York: Routledge.
Widmer, E., Aeby, G., & Sapin, M.. (2013). Collecting family network data. International Review of Sociology, 23(1), 27-46. doi:10.1080/03906701.2013.771049
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Ertul, S., Melchior, J. - P., & Widmer, E.. (2013). Introduction. In N. Burnay, Ertul, S., & Melchior, J. - P., Travail, santé, éducation. Individualisation des parcours sociaux et inégalités (pp. 7-12). Paris: L'Harmattan.
Widmer, E., & Ritschard, G.. (2013). Parcours de vie: Une pluralisation "encastrée". In N. Burnay, Ertul, S., & Melchior, J. - P., Parcours sociaux et nouveaux desseins temporels (pp. 293-316). Paris: L'Harmattan.
Widmer, E. (2013). Editorial on the special issue "Geographical Mobilities and Family Lives". Comparative Population Studies, 38, 229-232. doi:10.4232/10.CPoS-2013-12en
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Widmer, E., & Gauthier, J. - A.. (2013). Cohabitational trajectories. In R. Levy & Widmer, E., Gendered life courses between standardization and individualization. A European approach applied to Switzerland (pp. 53-70). Wien: LIT Verlag.
Widmer, E., & Kellerhals, J.. (2011). Cohesión, regulación y conflictos en las familias contemporáneas. In C. Bonvalet, Ogg, J., & Fernández Cordón, J. A., Panorama Europeo de la ayuda intrafamiliar: nueve encuestas (pp. 199-213). Paris: Institut national d'études démographiques.
Bernardi, L., & Oppo, A.. (2011). Couple formation as a transition between families. In R. Jallinoja & Widmer, E., Families and kinship in contemporary Europe: Rules and practices of relatedness (pp. 133-157). Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.
Giudici, F., Widmer, E., & Ghisletta, P.. (2011). A sociological assessment of conjugal conflict. Sociologia, Problemas e Práticas, 67, 9-21.
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