What inequality means for children

Anno: 2013
Autore: M. Woodhead, P. Dornan, H.Murray
Lingua: Inglese
Pagine: 68

Il documento, che è stato ideato per le consultazioni sulla disuguaglianza post 2015, analizza come la povertà influisce sull’infanzia. Lo studio si basa sulle testimonianze raccolte da Young Lives in quattro paesi e propone otto messaggi su come la condizione economica incida nella vita dei minori.


Written to inform the post 2015 inequalities consultation, this paper synthesizes evidence on the nature of inequalities and how these affect children. It draws on evidence from the four-country Young Lives longitudinal study of childhood poverty and suggests 8 messages for how inequalities affect children.


The authors



Message 1: Inequalities in children’s development originate in multiple
disadvantages, with compounding effects on children’s long-term

Message 2: Inequalities undermine the development of human potential:
children from disadvantaged families quickly fall behind

Message 3: In Young Lives countries, gender differences become more
significant as children get older, but boys are not always advantaged

Message 4: Early malnutrition has serious, long-term consequences,
but there is also evidence that some children may recover

Message 5: Inequalities also open up during middle and later childhood

Message 6: Children’s subjective well-being is both a major indicator of
inequality and also a channel for the transmission of poverty

Message 7: Education is regarded by adults and children as transformative
but doesn’t always compensate for background disadvantage and may
reinforce differences

Message 8: Social protection programmes can reduce disadvantage, but
impacts are often complex, some may be unintended and they may not
always benefit children

Conclusions and policy implications


Casa editrice: Young Lives
ISBN13: 9781909403055

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