The eternal enigma of the family

The family is not sheltered from the upheavals of our time. On the contrary, it is a sounding board for evolving customs and political, social and economic change. The partnership research team Familles en mouvance et dynamiques intergénérationnelles (Families in Movement and Intergenerational Dynamics), directed by Françoise-Romaine Ouellette from Institut national de la recherche scientifique, calls on the expertise of social science researchers and practitioners from government institutions and community groups with the aim of advancing our knowledge of family dynamics and the evolution of the relations between the family, civil society and the state.

The team's work is anchored in public debate. As a result, it constitutes a very open space for work and reflection, focusing on research impacts that lead to understanding, reflection and debate.

Members of the team published a document entitled Pour agir : comprendre les solidarités familiales – La recherche : un outil indispensable. This collection of knowledge summaries examines the question of family solidarity, which is becoming an increasingly political issue. In addition, the team takes care of continuously updating a free-access bibliographical database called Famili@, containing more than 8,000 records on Quebec family research. The only online French-language database pertaining to the family, Famili@ receives 6,000 visitors every year from 77 different countries.

In 2009, the team organized a public seminar on adoption entitled Une adoption québécoise à la mesure de chaque enfant : est-ce possible ? Practitioners from the private, public and community sectors presented their sometimes radically opposed views. Reflection on the part of the researchers led to the preparation of a draft bill on adoption and the delegation of parental authority.

In addition, the researchers have published works on the factors influencing the decision of whether to have one or more children.

The researchers are also involved in a debate concerning the legal framework of common-law relationships, following a ruling in a famous Quebec case that called into question the constitutionality of certain Quebec laws when applied to the separation of an unmarried couple.


Familles en mouvance et dynamiques intergénérationnelles


Françoise-Romaine Ouellette, Institut national de la recherche scientifique

Regular members

  • Renée Dandurand, Institut national de la recherche scientifique
  • Marianne Kempeneers, Université de Montréal
  • Hélène Belleau, Institut national de la recherche scientifique
  • Benoît Laplante, Institut national de la recherche scientifique
  • Solène Lardoux, Université de Montréal
  • Carmen Lavallée, Université de Sherbrooke
  • Denise Lemieux, Institut national de la recherche scientifique
  • Alain Roy, Université de Montréal
  • Myriam Simard, Institut national de la recherche scientifique
  • Nathalie St-Amour, Université du Québec en Outaouais

Partenaires du milieu gouvernemental et paragouvernemental

  • Ministère de la Famille et des Aînés
  • Conseil de la famille et de l'enfance
  • CSSS Bordeaux-Cartierville-Saint-Laurent (CAU)
  • Institut de la statistique du Québec
  • Ministère de l'Immigration et des Communautés culturelles

Partenaires du milieu communautaire

  • Confédération des organismes familiaux du Québec 
  • Fédération des associations de familles monoparentales et recomposées du Québec 
  • Fédération québécoise des organismes communautaires Famille 
  • Regroupement inter-organismes pour une politique familiale au Québec