, Volume 3, Issue 1, pp 1-10
Date: 14 Jan 2010

Child Well-Being and Intergenerational Inequality

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During recent decades the research into children’s well-being, in a broad sense, has developed into a mature research field with conferences, wide networks, and also a new Journal, Child Indicators Research. We have witnessed a timely and necessary focus on young people’s living conditions at large, a growth of specialized studies in various aspects of young people’s lives, and recent attempts at summarizing their well-being in a multidimensional and international perspective (Bradshaw et al. 2006; UNICEF 2007; Bradshaw and Richardson 2009).

I will henceforth refer to the target group as ’young people’ rather than ’children’ (which is common for 0–18-year-olds, the age-group in focus). ‘Children’ then refers to a generation, which is practical when treating intergenerational processes.

This development has, as outlined by Ben-Arieh (2008), several notable features: The young have increasingly been seen as active purposeful beings; their conditions here-and-now have been emphasized—‘well