Family Breakdown

Youth crime, curfews - and what else?
Carolyn Moynihan | Jun 26 2014 | comment  
When 13-year-olds are in court for murder, it is time for communities to stand in for parents.

The “bushfire” threatening Australia: fragile families
Carolyn Moynihan | Sep 7 2011 | comment  
Australia is known as the Lucky Country but a report on child welfare published this week suggests that its luck is running out.

Family connections: who is more likely to lash out?
Carolyn Moynihan | Aug 16 2011 | comment  
Over the weekend I read a new book in which the mother of three-month-old twins (born prematurely) who died from head injuries in 2006 gives her account of the circumstances surrounding their deaths.

What the young British rioters really lack
Carolyn Moynihan | Aug 12 2011 | comment  
British Prime Minister David Cameron, addressing Parliament on this week's riots, talks about morality and parenting.

Anders Breivik’s broken family
Carolyn Moynihan | Jul 27 2011 | comment  
Norway is one of those Scandinavian countries which are often lauded for their social security and even “family-friendly” policies. But it appears from this tragic episode that there are some things social welfare and openness do not guarantee.

OECD releases “first ever” report on families
Carolyn Moynihan | Apr 28 2011 | comment  
The OECD, an alliance of richer countries, released its “first ever report on family well-being” this week, according to a press release. Considering that it has existed for 50 years, one wants to know what took it so long.

Family breakdown in history: setting the record straight
Carolyn Moynihan | Apr 27 2011 | comment  
There are basically two responses to the social problems besetting richer societies today: one traces things like crime, educational under-achievement and addiction to the breakdown of the family; the other response says it is all down to poverty.
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