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Households in contemporary Southeast Asia
Authors: Dommaraju, Premchand; and Tan, JooEan
Source: Journal of Comparative family studies, 45(4): 559-580
Topic(s): Family structure
Country: Asia
  Multiple Asian Countries
Published: SEP 2014
Abstract: Drawing on original empirical research, this paper presents a comparative and comprehensive portrait of household composition, size and structure in Southeast Asia, using data from various rounds of Demographic Health Surveys (DHS) and Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS). Countries included in the analyses are Cambodia, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam and Laos. Findings point to similarities across countries in the region on some aspects of household such as household structure. However there are important differences in other aspects such as household headship. Overall, the findings show both the diversity and similarities in households in Southeast Asia. The findings are interpreted by situating them within the broader historical, cultural, social and demographic frameworks.