Families have become substantially more complex in Europe over the past fifty years. Cohabitation, divorce, nonmarital childbearing and multi-partner fertility have become more common. Children find it easiest to live with two biological parents. Living with a single parent is perceived to be more complex, and living with a stepparent the most complex. This was shown both by children's satisfaction with the people they live with and their appraisals of parenting practices. However, researchers believe that children can be flexible and adapt to new parent figures in their home if there is a caring and safe atmosphere where they feel part of the family. These are the findings of University of Tartu researchers who analysed an international study on children's well-being among 12-year-olds in Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Norway, Poland and Romania.
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