Families and well-being

MiSoC’s families and well-being research investigates the creation of pre-school health and social and cognitive skills in a family setting, with reference to maternal labour force participation, maternal mental health, fertility choices and the role of fathers, the long run returns to various early life interventions, the role of conflict in the family, the problems of ageing and pension choice.

Research area leader: Sonia Bhalotra
Sonia Bhalotra

This area of research examines how and why families are changing and at the implications for living standards and well-being. We are examining changes in fertility, marriage, cohabitation, and the rise in multi-generation households and how they are related to changes in the labour and housing markets. Our research is evaluating changing gender roles, to see how men and women’s role at home and in the labour market are affected by the environment they grew up, by their siblings and social networks. We are examining changes in fathers’ roles, at home and work, and the implications for children’s development.

Research team


ESRC Research Centre on Micro-Social Change (MiSoC)
Institute for Social and Economic Research
University of Essex
Wivenhoe Park

Email: srbhal@essex.ac.uk
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