Situational Analysis of Young Children in a Changing World

Patrice L. Engle, Nirmala Rao and Oliver Petrovic

in Handbook of Early Childhood Development Research and Its Impact on Global Policy

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780199922994
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980420 | DOI:
Situational Analysis of Young Children in a Changing World

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Millions of the world’s young children do not develop to their full potential due to factors such as poverty, HIV/AIDS, and armed conflict. This chapter examines child, family, community, and environmental factors affecting the status of the world’s children, and, when data are available, changes in children’s status in recent years. Contextual changes such as urbanization, external migration, socially defined gender roles, and environmental issues that influence the way young children grow and develop are highlighted, and recommendations for policies and programs to improve young children’s well-being are outlined.

Keywords: situation analysis; global; child development status; risks for child development; measures of child development; global assessment

Chapter.  10829 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Developmental Psychology

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