This study provides an overview of the knowledge and information base
for policy analysis in certain areas connected with the family in Ireland. It
takes place in the context of considerable policy interest in various aspects
of family behaviour combined with a poor record of research and data
collection in the field. The study aims to summarise the main outlines of
what can be said on the basis of present knowledge about major trends in
family formation in Ireland, identify the main gaps in the data which need
to be filled, and draw implications.
In considering trends in family formation, it focuses on three major
issues: decline in fertility, the growth and pattern of lone parenthood, and
changes in household and family size, with particular reference to the
persistence of large family households.
Executive Summary (PDF)
Chapters 1, 2 (PDF)
Chapters 4 & 5 (PDF)