Half of Spaniards believe that the family is little publicly recognized
The family it is an essential institution in people's lives: it represents what they are, what they have been and what they will be, because many are the experts who speak of the relevance of the context and the environment in which people grow up. In this sense, How valued is the family today? According to half of the Spaniards, little.
As is clear from V Barometer of the Family 2016, produced by The Family Watch, the 46.8 percent of Spaniards consider that in Spain the family is little recognized publicly and legally. This percentage is followed by another more worrisome: 23.4 percent of respondents believe that the family is not recognized at all.
On the contrary, 22 percent of Spaniards do recognize the family as a quite recognized institution in public and legal life, a percentage that is two percent in the case of those who believe that families are highly recognized.
Public recognition of the family
These numbers confirm a trend: in recent years, Spaniards surveyed by this barometer have been alarming about the decline in the public importance ofthe family. Thus, those who in 2014 believed that the family was "a lot" or "quite" recognized were 30.8 percent, a percentage that has been 24 percent in 2016. On the opposite side, the percentage of those who thought that the family was "little" or "nothing" valued has gone from 57.2 percent to 70.2 between 2014 and 2016.
The children in the family
Another of the most relevant data of this barometer is the percentage of respondents who have children or who want to have them: while the vast majority (78 percent) of those questioned have had offspring, only 18 percent of them want to have more (or their first child), while 78.4 percent of Spaniards do not want to have children (or have more).
In this sense, the percentage of those who have responded in the last few years affirmatively to the question of whether they would like to have more children has varied little. In 2013, only 21.8 percent wanted more offspring, a percentage that was 18 percent in 2016. Of course, the figure is higher than last year, when the historical minimum of 14 percent was reached.
How to educate children as a family
Once you have children, you have to educate them and raise them in the best way you can. In this sense, the barometer reveals that the main problem for Spaniards when it comes to educating their children isto "lack of resources to pay for a better education", option mentioned by 49.1 percent of the respondents. After this, 42.7 percent spoke of the "lack of time to dedicate", while only 24.4 percent said they have "lack of necessary knowledge on how to educate them".
On this, 85.9 percent of respondents say that they have never received training on how to educate their children. Of the 14.1 percent of Spaniards who have received it, they are quite satisfied: 54.5 percent say that this training helped them a lot, percentage that is 32.7 percent in the case of those who say "a lot".
Family communication with children
Much is said about new technologies and how they affect the daily lives of families, field in which communication has special importance. The barometer has asked about this, which has revealed that WhatsApp groups are the most used means (54.4 percent) to communicate among family members (grandparents, parents, siblings and children).
The use of groups of this instant messaging application it has increased during the last year: in 2015 47.8 percent of respondents used it, while in 2016 the percentage was 54.4 percent. In turn, the use of email and Skype has declined in the last two years.
Now, is using WhatsApp good or bad? According to the barometer, 44.6 percent of respondents believe that new communication technologies worsen family relationships, a percentage that has increased from 33.6 percent in 2015. Only 29 percent believe that they improve them, while 23.2 percent believe that ICTs are indifferent in family communication.
Angela R. Bonachera