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Changes in the Area of Family Life in Poland

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This chapter analyses the process of change in the patterns of family life by looking at changes in behavior related to reproduction and also by studying models of relationships adopted by Poles. It compares the demographic situation in Poland with that in other European countries to highlight its specific traits. The chapter analyses relations within the family; changes in the distribution of power between married spouses and also in the case of unmarried cohabitants, as well as the transformations in the patterns of motherhood and fatherhood. Since there is a close interrelation between changes in the area of Poland and the situation of women in the job market, the chapter also describes the way in which the current situation has evolved. The chapter shows the importance of the family and of family ties in the life of Polish people and analyses the phenomenon of 'amoral familism'.

Keywords: amoral familism; demographic situation; European countries; family life; job market; Poland



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