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Parental and Child Health

Yvonne Kelly and Melanie Bartley

in Children of the 21st century (Volume 2)

Published by Policy Press

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9781847424761
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301790 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847424761.003.0015
Parental and Child Health

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This chapter examines the Millennium Cohort Study (MCS) for evidence on a number of alternate pathways for parents' health to influence children's health and development, assessing the contribution of parents' psychosocial and health-related behavioural factors to children's outcomes. It considers four possible pathways for parental health to influence child health and development: 1) parental health-related behaviours which affect both parents' and children's health; 2) the ‘psychosocial pathway’; 3) the socioeconomic background playing a role in explaining both parents' mental and physical health; 4) the psychosocial environment or behaviours.

Keywords: MCS; parents' health; children's health; parental health; health-related behaviours; psychosocial pathway; socioeconomic background; psychosocial environment

Chapter.  4798 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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