The Context of Children’s Lives

  • Gwyther Rees
Part of the Children’s Well-Being: Indicators and Research book series (CHIR, volume 18)


This chapter considers information gathered from children that illustrates the different contexts of childhood in different countries around the world. First it looks at the type of home that children live in and the people that they live with. It illustrates a great diversity of circumstances and highlights some important issues that link to current demographic trends in different parts of the world, such as the growing prevalence in some countries of children spending time living in two homes when their parents separate. The chapter also briefly summarises information about whether children were born in the country of the survey. It then moves on to look at a measure of children’s material deprivation which is being developed as part of the Children’s Worlds project. This section highlights wide variations in children’s ownership of and access to resources in different countries. The chapter concludes with an analysis of variations in material deprivation within countries according to the contexts of children’s lives (home, family and country of birth) covered earlier in the chapter.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gwyther Rees
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  1. 1.Social Policy Research UnitUniversity of YorkYorkUK

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