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The Psychological Aspects of Contemporary Families, Marriages and Partnerships

Brajša-Žganec, Andreja
The Psychological Aspects of Contemporary Families, Marriages and Partnerships // Društvena istraživanja, 123 (2014), 1; 1-4 doi:10.5559/di.23.1.00 (podatak o recenziji nije dostupan, uvodnik, stručni)

The Psychological Aspects of Contemporary Families, Marriages and Partnerships

Brajša-Žganec, Andreja

Društvena istraživanja (1330-0288) 123 (2014), 1; 1-4

Vrsta, podvrsta i kategorija rada
Radovi u časopisima, uvodnik, stručni

Ključne riječi
Families; marriages; partnerships

The theme of this issue, entitled The Psychological Aspects of Contemporary Families, Marriages and Partnerships, focuses on research in the field of family, marriage and partnership across the world and in Croatia. Although partnership, marriage and family have been perpetual themes of importance in each historical epoch, they are even more relevant today. Marital and family crises as well as the emotional life of families are investigated, and alternative forms of cohabitation, determinants of parenting and support to parenting are discussed. Statistical data clearly indicate that interest in marriage is declining each year, especially among the young population. On the other hand, the data show an increase in the number of divorces and a decrease in the number of children born into marriages. All the mentioned structural changes in the family probably result from a great number of factors that have not yet been sufficiently investigated. In many families, the current economic crisis, unemployment and feelings of insecurity create a specific marital and family atmosphere as well as specific forms of behaviour among partners and/or family members. In these circumstances, the family system may play both a protective and risk role in a child's development. Therefore, recent models and concepts in psychology examine the parent–child relationship specifically in the context of different systems that directly or indirectly affect a child's development. These topical themes were presented at the 20th Annual Conference of Croatian Psychologists entitled The Psychological Aspects of Contemporary Families, Marriages and Partnerships in 2012. In this special issue of the journal Društvena istraživanja, some of the conference participants have presented the results of their recent research. Paolo Amato, an eminent scientist from the United States, Professor of Family Sociology and Demography at the Department for Sociology at the Pennsylvania State University is a special guest of this issue. His research interests include marriage and marital quality, the causes and consequences of divorce and psychological well-being over the life course. In 2011, he was appointed as President of the National Council on Family Relations in the United States. In addition to Prof. Amato, the contributors in this issue are my colleagues who work within the field of developmental and social psychology at the University of Zagreb, that is, at the Social Work Study Centre at the Faculty of Law in Zagreb and Department for Psychology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb, and at the Institute for Social Sciences Ivo Pilar. Taking into account their topics, articles in this issue of Društvena istraživanja contribute to the scientific analysis of important psychological aspects of the contemporary family, marriage and partnership. This research is characterised by contemporary research methodology and complex statistical techniques as well as data processing procedures. We are aware that these papers make up only a small part of the discussions on the psychological aspects of the modern family, marriage and partnerships in today’s scientific community. However, they will hopefully contribute to an improved scientifically-based clarification of the relationships between partners in a family and consequently, to a better understanding of the relationships between parents and their children, which could raise more attention among scientists in this field in the future.

Izvorni jezik
Hrvatski, engleski

Znanstvena područja

Hrv. tekst na str.1-2, engl. tekst na str. 3-4.


Institut društvenih znanosti Ivo Pilar, Zagreb

Autor s matičnim brojem:
Andreja Brajša-Žganec, (185362)

Časopis indeksira:

  • Current Contents Connect (CCC)
  • Web of Science Core Collection (WoSCC)
    • Social Science Citation Index (SSCI)
    • SCI-EXP, SSCI i/ili A&HCI
  • Scopus