Motherhood: Cross-cultural perspectives
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An examination of the role of Freemasonry in the 21st century
This report is, as far as we know, an account of the first ever study that has been commissioned by Freemasons from a non-Masonic body. None of the SIRC members involved in the project are Freemasons, a fact that evoked surprise and welcome in equal measure from the Lodge members we met. more
Insights from three generations of mothers
The report seeks to answer some specific questions about the changing face of motherhood and determine the extent to which modern ‘solutions’ to motherhood are more or less beneficial than the solutions of the past. more
Report of an independent assessment
Two years ago, in the Children's Plan, the DCSF committed itself to commission an independent assessment of the impact of the commercial world on children's wellbeing. That assessment, led by Professor David Buckingham, is now complete. As part of the process SIRC was commissioned to undertake two major reviews: Children and Family Life: Socio-Demographic Changes and The Ecology of Family Life. more
Psychological impact & the lessons of recession
There can be very few people in Britain who are unaware that we have been living in times of recession…It is clear that people — even those unaffected directly — are worried, especially about their future financial security. But are there some positive lessons to be learnt? more
The changing face of motherhood in Western Europe:
National surveys of mothers were conducted in 12 Western European countries: Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. Data were also available from an earlier survey conducted in the UK . The data for each of these countries are analysed and summarised separately in the country reports. In this section we bring together responses from all of the countries to provide cross-cultural perspectives on the various aspects of motherhood examined in the polls.
The total sample size across the 12 countries plus the United Kingdom was 9,582, making it one of the largest studies of this kind ever conducted.
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The Changing Face of Motherhood research was commissioned by Procter & Gamble (P&G)