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Family Policy and Child Well-Being: The Case of Montenegro in the European Perspective

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Humanistic Studies, University of Donja Gorica, Oktoih 1, 81000 Podgorica, Montenegro
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Department of Sociological Studies, University of Sheffield, Elmfield Building, Northumberland Road, Sheffield S10 2TN, UK
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Department of Psychology, Aleksander Moisiu University, Rruga Miqesia, Spitalle, 2000 Durres, Albania
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Academic Editors: Ko-Ling Chan and Paul B. Tchounwou
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(17), 9118; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18179118
Received: 17 June 2021 / Revised: 19 July 2021 / Accepted: 24 August 2021 / Published: 29 August 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Family Support and Children’s Health and Wellbeing)
Family policies and family support measures have been identified as having major implications for child well-being, particularly through their role in influencing parental and family resources, circumstances and behaviour. The official approach to family policies focuses on opportunities for families to balance their work and family duties and care for their children. This paper analyses the type of policies available in Montenegro compared to the European Union. Potentially, Montenegro will become an EU member state, thus it is important to take a look at Montenegrin practice, as children should have equal life chances and protection of their well-being. Having a solid legal framework per se does not necessarily result in significant positive outcomes, and this paper analyses whether children in Montenegro have the same opportunities for development, in the context of family policies, as their counterparts in the rest of Europe. The focus of the paper will be on the criteria that define family rights and obligations, eligibility, availability and use of family policies in Montenegro. Based on the specific measures and datasets examined, the analysis considers the degree to which a period of family policy investment in Montenegro has been accompanied by improvements in child well-being and family resources, and undertakes comparisons in these regards with EU-wide family policy and child well-being trends. The paper uses a welfare state theoretical approach, with the focus on social investment and relevant data on children’s well-being obtained from the Eurostat, the OECD and the official national statistics. View Full-Text
Keywords: family; children; parents; well-being; Montenegro; European Union family; children; parents; well-being; Montenegro; European Union
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Bošković, B.; Churchill, H.; Hamzallari, O. Family Policy and Child Well-Being: The Case of Montenegro in the European Perspective. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 9118. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18179118

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Bošković B, Churchill H, Hamzallari O. Family Policy and Child Well-Being: The Case of Montenegro in the European Perspective. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(17):9118. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18179118

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Bošković, Branko, Harriet Churchill, and Oriola Hamzallari. 2021. "Family Policy and Child Well-Being: The Case of Montenegro in the European Perspective" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 17: 9118. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18179118

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