A Multidimensional Dynamic Measure of Child Disadvantage: A Methodological Tool for Policymakers

Mishra, A, Ray, R and Risse, L 2017, 'A Multidimensional Dynamic Measure of Child Disadvantage: A Methodological Tool for Policymakers', Social Indicators Research, vol. 139, pp. 1187-1218.


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Title A Multidimensional Dynamic Measure of Child Disadvantage: A Methodological Tool for Policymakers
Author(s) Mishra, A
Ray, R
Risse, L
Year 2017
Journal name Social Indicators Research
Volume number 139
Start page 1187
End page 1218
Total pages 32
Publisher Springer
Abstract This paper demonstrates the applicability of an innovative approach towards examining child disadvantage, using a holistic, dynamic measure that not only accounts for multiple sources of disadvantage but also for the recurrence and persistence of disadvantage throughout a child's life. We analyse child disadvantage using two longitudinal surveys of the Australian child population, one of which is specific to Indigenous children, who experience notably higher rates of disadvantage. Among Australian children, we detect that poor body weight and bullying-representative of the broad dimensions of health and emotional wellbeing-should be of significant concern to policymakers. Among Indigenous children, housing conditions, schooling and exposure to risky behaviours stand out as areas of concern. By identifying the dimensions in which rates of child disadvantage are most severe, this methodological approach can help steer targeted policy actions.
Subject Welfare Economics
Keyword(s) Child disadvantage
Indigenous children
Longitudinal study
Multidimensional deprivation
Persistence
DOI - identifier 10.1007/s11205-017-1742-x
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ISSN 0303-8300
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