Families in Austria 2009-2013

Norbert Neuwirth, Isabella Buber-Ennser, Maria Rita Testa

Demographic changes have sometimes been compared to tectonic shifts: they tend to take place so slowly that they are hardly perceivable from one year to another and yet they transform the landscape so radically in the long run. The same is true for changing family structures and gender roles whose gradual modifications are closely tied in with demographic change. There is hardly anything that transforms our society as effectively as demographic change, but among policy makers and the general public this issue is still being much less
debated than shortterm economic decisions.

It is all the more important to measure and analyse this fundamental change, using the appropriate tools, in order
to recognise developments in good time and to be able to react to them in a suitable manner. The international
“Generations and Gender Survey (GGS)”, a statistical tool specifically designed for this purpose, empirically demonstrates these changes in international
comparison. Its particular strength is its truly longitudinal character, as the same persons are being interviewed repeatedly every few years. This is the only way to obtain the necessary data for adequate analysis of changing attitudes and the actual realisation of previously announced behaviour.

This publication summarises first results based on the second wave of the
Austrian GGS. It includes a selection of articles originally published in German, available at www.ggp-austria.at.

Project: Family Studies in Austria
External organisation(s)
Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften (ÖAW)
No. of pages
Publication date
Peer reviewed
Austrian Fields of Science 2012
504006 Demography, 504011 Genealogy
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