Child Trends’ international work focuses on cross-national comparisons of child and family well-being. We produce international comparison reports, such as the World Family Map, develop international surveys, analyze international data on children and families, and collaborate with others to move the field toward a global consensus around indicator frameworks, surveys, best practices, and what works to improve child and family well-being globally. We adapt measures to specific contexts, develop global conceptual frameworks and indicators of well-being, synthesize cross-national research, monitor and evaluate projects, and provide technical assistance and consultation to nations and international non-governmental organizations on all of these topics.  We collaborate with organizations and universities in many regions of the world.

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Featured Publications

World Family Map 2014: Mapping Family Change and Child Well-Being Outcomes

Apr 2014 | Laura Lippman; W. Bradford Wilcox

The World Family Map Project monitors global changes in the areas of family structure, family socioeconomics, family processes, and family culture, focusing on 16 specific indicators selected by an expert group because of their known relationships to child outcomes in the research literature. This second annual edition of the World Family Map, sponsored by Child Trends and a range of educational and nongovernmental institutions from across the globe, provides updated indicators and a new essay focusing on union stability and early childhood health in developing countries, as well as a brief analysis of psychological distress among 9- to 16-year-olds in the European Union.

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World Family Map 2013: Mapping Family Change and Child Well-Being Outcomes

Jan 2013 | Laura Lippman; W. Bradford Wilcox

This report demonstrates the importance of monitoring the strength of the family globally, and the benefit of understanding the variety of ways in which families contribute to the well-being of children and youth.

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The Demographics of Spirituality and Religiosity Among Youth: International & U.S. Patterns

Sep 2010 | Laura Lippman; Hugh McIntosh

Examines the differences between religiosity and spirituality and its effect on children. Spirituality varies widely within different age groups around the world. While some young persons may be spiritual they may not participate in any formal religious activities.

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The Demographics of Spirituality Among Youth: International Perspectives

Jan 2005 | Laura Lippman; Julie Dombrowski Keith

Presents a wealth of interdisciplinary theory and research, as well as proposals for future areas of inquiry, to help move spiritual development into a mainstream field of learning. Provides the first comprehensive collection of social science research on spiritual development in childhood and adolescence to introduce the topic engagingly to students. Features the works of scholars from around the world in multiple disciplines (psychology, sociology, anthropology, medicine, and educational philosophy) to present a diversity of traditions and approaches. Includes introductions to the volume as well as to each section that provide overviews and syntheses of key concepts.

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