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The negative impacts of father's long commute to work for children

Fathers’ commuting to work has multiple negative impacts on children’s behavior. Children whose fathers commute to work over a long distance tend to have more emotional and social problems. While the impact of commuting on employees has been extensively investigated, the study conducted by Jianghong Li and Matthias Pollmann-Schult from WZB Berlin Social Science Center is the first one to show the negative effects of commuting to work by fathers on the social and emotional well-being of German children. more
Presse For Freedom of Expression

WZB supports Academics for Peace

In early January, the group Academics for Peace, made up of Turkish and international academics, started a campaign to oppose the armed conflict in the Kurdish region of southeastern Turkey and call on the Turkish government to return to the negotiating table. Since then, many members of the campaign, some of them former guests of the WZB, have experienced intimidation, dismissal and criminal prosecution. We at the WZB stand in solidarity with the Turkish scholars and support their right to freedom of expression.The WZB has therefore co-signed the international petition undertaken by Scholars at Risk, in which the reprisals carried out by the Turkish government are condemned. more
Presse When parents need care

Not all siblings become caregivers, a new study shows

Foto: Udo Borchert
Siblings are not equally involved in caregiving when their ageing parents start needing care. In 75 percent of all cases, only one adult child will become a caregiver. Mothers are primarily cared for by their daughters, whereas sons continue to be less willing to become the sole caregivers for their parents. In families without daughters, brothers frequently divide the caregiving work among them. These are the findings that WZB researcher Marcel Raab recently published in a study co-authored with Henriette Engelhardt (University of Bamberg) and Thomas Leopold (University of Amsterdam). The authors used data from the United States to find out why siblings are not equally involved in caregiving for their parents. more
Presse Press release

Strong parental networks: Not good for all children

Parents’ social networks have an impact on their children’s educational attainment. WZB researcher Anette Fasang and two US-based colleagues have studied the details of how parental networks affect the educational careers of adolescents. Their findings show that close contacts among parents primarily benefit students in affluent communities. In economically depressed communities, by contrast, frequent informal parental exchange tends to disadvantage students by reinforcing social inequities and standing in the way of upward social mobility. more
Presse Press release

Islamic fundamentalism is widely spread

Religious fundamentalism is not a marginal phenomenon in Western Europe. This conclusion is drawn in a study published by Ruud Koopmans from the WZB Berlin Social Science Center. The author analyzed data from a representative survey among immigrants and natives in six European countries. Two thirds of the Muslims interviewed say that religious rules are more important to them than the laws of the country in which they live. Three quarters of the respondents hold the opinion that there is only one legitimate interpretation of the Koran. more