Social Panorama of Latin America 2004

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The 2004 edition of the Social Panorama of Latin America analyses the major demographic changes that have occurred in the region over the past few decades, examines the socioeconomic status of Latin American youth, looks at institutional and programmatic guidelines for youth policies and describes how household structures and family roles have changed. As in past years, recent trends in poverty and income distribution in the Latin American countries are also reviewed.



Trends in different family structures with respect to well–being

Families quality of life and well–being are related to household and family structure and to the stage they have reached in the family life cycle. In Latin America, smaller households (one–person households or nuclear families without children) and single–parent families headed by men are concentrated in the highest income quintile. Conversely, larger families (two–parent nuclear families with children, extended families and composite families) and single–parent families headed by women are concentrated in the poorest quintile.


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