Parents’ Working Conditions and Children’s Health

Jody Heymann

in Forgotten Families

Published in print March 2006 | ISBN: 9780195156591
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199943333 | DOI:
Parents’ Working Conditions and Children’s Health

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This chapter examines the consequences of global transformations for children's health. It presents Pham Dieu Hien's childhood in Vietnam. His story is among the many which tell of the indelible ways that working conditions and social supports determined whether families could meet children's preventive, curative, and care needs while working. Time after time, children are placed at risk because parents have little or no choice: grossly inadequate working conditions do not permit parents to tend properly to their children's needs. When parents cannot take leave from work without losing their jobs, often no one is available to bring a child to a clinic or a hospital. When workplaces threaten the poor with an unaffordable loss of income if they change their schedule or miss work, sick children are often left home alone and unable to administer prescribed treatments or otherwise care for themselves.

Keywords: children's health; Pham Dieu Hien; social support; working conditions; poor parents; sick children

Chapter.  14301 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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