“A Critical Review of Literature on Issues facing Qatari Families” provides a systematic review of research and studies on the family within the state of Qatar. This research project was initiated based on the idea that a comprehensive, one-stop scientific reference source should be made available that outlines the research efforts that have dealt with issues facing the Qatari family that readers and researchers alike can refer to as a knowledge base. Policy makers and those designing interventions could also rely on this source to provide scientific evidence for the formulation and development of various policy tools and practices. The report focuses on methodological and knowledge gaps related to the research and studies on the family in Qatar and puts forth several important proposals in order to further develop and enrich the creation of future research agendas, especially those related to the study of policies and practices.
Launched under the sponsorship of the Qatar Mission to the United Nations, this book demonstrates that the family is the basic building block for development and presents scholarship backed by intensive research by Dr. Susan Roylance and the nine chapter authors. These discuss real-world solutions that use family capital to solve real-world problems. As noted in the introduction by Her Highness Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser, chairperson of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, “This book begins an important dialogue with policy makers, agencies, administrators and members of civil society on strengthening society through reliance upon—and support of—society’s most fundamental unit: the family.”