Families and children

Child well-being in figures


Child poverty keeping rising in two thirds of OECD countries...

Child poverty has more than doubled in Hungary, and increased by about 5 percentage points in Turkey and Spain. Conversely, child poverty dropped in few countries, as especially in the United Kingdom (-3.6 percentage points),  Portugal (-1.9), Finland (-1.3) and Korea (-1.2)

Many children see their parents experience spells of unemployment...

In 2012, almost one in five Irish children were living in a household with no employed adult household member. In Hungary, the United Kingdom and Spain, over 15% of children did not have an employed adult in the household. Luxembourg, Slovenia, Switzerland and Norway are the countries with the lowest share of children living in households where there is no employed adult, with rates of around 5%

 Wide variations in parental time…

There is considerable variation in the time that parents spend with their children, with Australian children spending more than 4 hours per day with their parents and Korean children spending less than one hour. In addition, the time mothers spend with their children is more than the double that of fathers. But the share of parental time spent in basic childcare and in teaching and recreational activities is much more similar for mothers and fathers in the Nordic countries, in Canada and in the United States

Wide variations in self-reported health...

The proportion of teenagers reporting themselves as in poor health varies greatly across the OECD, with Greek and Spanish adolescents reporting three times less frequently poor physical condition than, for instance, the Amercians

Most children like school…

In all countries, a large majority of children like school but children in Eastern and South European countries are much less likely to report liking school. Conversely, 9 out of 10 Icelandic adolescents like school

 …and find it easy to talk with their parents

Most teenagers have no difficulties to communicate with their parents, but 2,5 out of 10 children report that it is not easy to talk with at leat one of their parents in France, while they are only 1 out of 10 in the Netherlands or Hungary

Where is it better for children to grow up?

Taking together all dimensions of child well-being, countries performances vary widely. The Netherlands performs best, ranking among the top third of the sample performers in 80% of the indicators and never ranking among the bottom third of performers. Conversely, the United States, Poland and Turkey rank among the bottom third performers in a majority of indicators, while positioning themselves among the top third performers only in a handful of indicators


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Source: How's Life 2015 OECD (2015), "How's life for children?", in OECD, How's Life? 2015: Measuring Well-being, OECD Publishing, Paris.


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