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Watson, Dorothy and Maitre, Bertrand and Whelan, Christopher T and Williams, James (2014) Dynamics of child economic vulnerability and socio-emotional development: an analysis of the first two waves of the growing up in Ireland study. Dublin: Department of Children and Youth Affairs.

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This research report draws on the longitudinal Growing Up in Ireland study to examine change over time in the economic vulnerability of families and its consequences for the socio-emotional development of children. Economic vulnerability refers to an increased risk of multidimensional material disadvantage, involving a distinctive profile in relation to low income, household joblessness and economic stress. Socio-emotional development is measured using the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ). As well as examining the risk factors for economic vulnerability and socio-emotional problems, the report examines the factors associated with improved outcomes for children, enhancing their resilience.

The report addresses the following research questions:
1. How did the economic vulnerability of families change as Ireland moved from boom to recession?
2. Which families are most at risk of economic vulnerability? Does this differ between the ’98 Cohort and the ’08 Cohort?
3. What is the relationship between family economic vulnerability and the child’s socio-emotional well-being?
Does the relationship differ depending on whether the economic vulnerability is persistent or transient?
4. Are there factors which appear to protect children from the impact of economic vulnerability on socio-emotional development?


Date:November 2014
Pages:89 p.
Publisher:Department of Children and Youth Affairs
Place of Publication:Dublin
ISBN:978-1-4064-2844-5
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Accession Number:HRB (Electronic Only)
Subjects:J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Risk and protective factors > Risk factors
L Social psychology and related concepts > Marital relations > Family and kinship > Family environment > Family background
L Social psychology and related concepts > Inclusion and exclusion
MA-ML Social science, culture and community > Social condition > Poverty
T Demographic characteristics > Child
T Demographic characteristics > Adolescent / youth (teenager / young person)
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland

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