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Family configurations and the life course Directed by Clémentine Rossier

The nuclear family, particularly within marriage, has been regarded for a long time as a resilient group against expectations, constraints and hazards stemming from the social context. The pluralisation of life courses has, however, made families change, becoming more diverse and less predictable. IP8 in the first phase of the NCCR LIVES focused on the impact of non-normative events on conjugal quality and conjugal permanence.

During the second phase (2015-2018), IP208 expands the research issues by doing research on family ambivalence and family conflicts as life stressors in their own right, and by considering family forms beyond couples living and parenting together. Because the diversity of family and personal configurations needs to be understood in a comparative perspective across countries, IP208 will support the development of new tools and data collections worldwide.

In order to analyse non-standard family forms and their link to vulnerability, IP208 uses data from the Survey on families and generations, which the Swiss Federal Statistical Office conducted in 2013.

During Phase 1 (2011-2014), this project was entitled "Critical events and family configurations" (IP8).


Clémentine Rossier


Prof. Laura Bernardi, Prof. Claudine Burton-Jeangros, Prof. Dominique Joye, Prof. Eric Widmer
Dr. Gaëlle Aeby, Dr. Boris Cheval, Dr. Olga Ganjour, Dr. Jacques-Antoine Gauthier, Dr. Myriam Girardin, Dr. Eva Nada, Dr. Gina Potarca, Dr. Marlène Sapin, Dr. Gil Viry, Dr. Marieke Voorpostel

Doctoral students
Dorian Kessler, Ornella Larenza, Sabrina Roduit

Research assistants 
Aude Michel, Stefan Sieber, Martina von Arx, Marie-Eve Zufferey, Kevin Roulin

PAT Student
Natalia Tikhonov Sigrist

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