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In 2012, the World Family Map Project (WFMP) will launch a research initiative to track central indicators of family strength—i.e., indicators of family structure, family economic well-being, family processes, and family culture—around the globe, and to explore the associations between these strengths and the well-being of children.
The WFMP is designed to cast a spotlight on the welfare of children and families around the world, and to be a resource for governments, NGOs, policy makers, journalists, and others interested in the welfare of children and families.
The WFMP will be sponsored by Child Trends, a nonpartisan research organization in Washington, D.C., the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia, and a range of universities and research institutes around the globe. W. Bradford Wilcox, associate professor of sociology and Director of the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia, and Laura Lippman, senior research scientist at Child Trends, will co-direct the project, with advice from 12 other scholars from around the globe. Reynaldo Rivera at InterMedia Consulting is advising the project.
In the fall of 2012, the WFMP will release an international report featuring three pieces of new research:
1) An original article exploring the relationship between family structure, family economics, and children’s educational attainment in the developed world;
2) An original article exploring the relationship between family structure, family economics, and children’s educational attainment in the developing world; and,
3) A global map highlighting twenty of the latest trends in family structure, family economics, family process, and family culture in every major region of the world.