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Families: Students' Work - Surveys and Research


Surveys on Family Life in Turkey

Family and Marriage in Germany

Family Types in Germany

Family Statistics: Mülheim, Germany


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Surveys on Family Life in Turkey

We asked a question to our moms. It was "How was your family when you're 16?". And we got many answers. Then, we thought that we can sum up this answers. Here is the results:

"We were a poor family. Very poor. We hadn't got much money, so, we were being strained to attend school. But in spite of everything, we took care of each other and we were happy. Our spirituality was high and we loved each other. We had respect and love. My brothers were going to school, too. We were studying at a room under a blanket to get warm together. We were helping each other to study. I grew up in these things. You are very lucky but you don't understand that."

Maybe they are right or not. But we know something; we should thank to God for everyting that we have.

Our family's life standards:
M's: 80 % Happy, 10 % Sad, 10 % Exciting
E's: 70 % Happy, 10 % Sad, 20 % Successful
D's: 50 % Happy, 20 % Sad, 30 % Normal
T's: 60 % Happy, 10 % Sad, 30 % Funny

(authors: T., E., M., D., girls, Turkey)


Who do you love the most in your family?
(That means mother is very important for Turkish children.)

Who do you have an argument with in your family?
70 %  BROTHER / SISTER  20 %  FATHER  10 %  MOTHER
(It's difficult to get along with brother/sister.)

(authors: S., K., E., A., boys, Turkey)


Do you like spending your time with your family?
70 % YES, 30 % NOT SURE

Do you spend enough time with your parents?
60 %  YES,  40 %  NO

Do you want to live far from your family while studying at university?
90 % YES,  10 % NO

(authors: S., Ö., Z., Y., E., girls, Turkey)


When you get low marks, do your parents shout at you?
80 %  YES, 20 % NO

Do your parents buy whatever you want as gift?
60 %  NO 40 % YES

(authors: E., H., girls, Turkey)


Do you want to live with your family in the future?
80 %said 'No', 20 % said 'Yes'.

Do you want to go on a long holıday wıth your famıly?
60 % said no, 40 % said yes.

Do you want to spend time with your famıly?
80 % said No, 20 % said Yes.

(author: S. boy, Turkey)


Family and Marriage in Germany

Divorces in Germany

The “damned seventh year” is a well-known proverb, but a statistic from the year 2009 showed that it isn’t true that divorced marriages last seven years on average. In that year these marriages lasted more than 14 years on average. That’s a record!

Besides, in 2009 the men were 44.5 and the women 41.7 years old when they got divorced. In 1990 both sexes were six years longer at the time of divorce. In those days the couples cohabitated for only 11.5 years.

But although the marriages last longer, almost every third marriage breaks in Germany. It its true that the number of divorces decreases a bit, but at the same time there are fewer married people.

Interesting facts about marriages in Germany:

  • Married people who have no children, live in cities and have a job got divorced more often than married people who live in the country and have many children.
  • After the ninth year the marriage is least susceptible to divorce.
  • 60% of the women and 55% of the men marry again in the first years after divorce again.
  • Almost every third marriage breaks.
  • Because the people live longer today, marriages last much longer than in the past.
  • In 60% of the divorces the women start the divorces proceedings.

Families and children

In the year 2010 there were 8.1 million families in Germany with under-age children. In these families lived 13.1 million children. Since 1996 the number of families with children under age has become smaller.

The number of children in Germany is falling, and this is one reason for the shrinking population:
















In the year 2009 both parents worked in 52 % of the families, while in just 31 % the traditional roles were still followed: the man works and the woman looks after the children.

(author: B., with some help from M., boys, Germany)


Family Types in Germany

In 2010 there were 8,1 million families with dependent children in Germany. In these families live a total of 14,6 million children, including 13,1 million children under the age of 18. Since 1996, the number of families with minor children has decreased.

Behind these family figures are different trends in the types of families. While the number of traditional families (married couples) decreased, the number of alternative family forms (single parents and cohabitation) has increased.

Nevertheless in 2010 traditional families (married couples with minor children) were the most common family form with 72%. Single mothers and fathers accounted for 19% of the families with children under the age 18, while 9% of all families were cohabiting couples with minor children. In 1996 these figures were by 81% (couples), 14% (single parents) and 5% (cohabitation).

(authors: L., L. and S., girls, Germany)


Family Statistics: Mülheim, Germany

Students from Year 8 in Mülheim looked at some facts about the population in the town.

diagram Mülheim population development

The diagram shows the family is very important for everybody. But nowadays many children live with one parent or in "patchwork" families.

diagram weddings in Mülheim

After a few years with few weddings, 2010 has shown a great rise in weddings.

diagram divorces in Mülheim

The number of divorces is growing slowly. In 2010, there were half as many divorces as marriages.