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Children of the 21st century

Edited by Shirley Dex and Heather Joshi

Published by Policy Press

Published in print October 2005 | ISBN: 9781861346889
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301783 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861346889.001.0001
Children of the 21st century

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This book documents the early lives of almost 19,000 children born in the UK at the start of the 21st century, and their families. It is the first time that analysis of data from the hugely important Millennium Cohort Study, a longitudinal study following the progress of children and their families, has been drawn together in a single volume. The unrivalled data is examined here to address important policy and scientific issues. The book is also the first in a series of publications that will report on the children's lives at different stages of their development. The fascinating range of findings presented here is strengthened by comparison with data on earlier generations. This has enabled the book to assess the impact of a wide range of policies on the life courses of a new generation, including policies on child health, parenting, childcare and social exclusion. This book is the product of an exciting collaboration from experts across a wide range of health and social science fields. The result is a unique and authoritative analysis of family life and early childhood in the UK that cuts across old disciplinary boundaries.

Keywords: Millennium Cohort Study; children; families; children's lives; development; generations; child health; parenting; childcare; social exclusion

Book.  296 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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Introduction in Children of the 21st century

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Children's origins in Children of the 21st century

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Pregnancy and childbirth in Children of the 21st century

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Children's health in Children of the 21st century

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Parenthood and parenting in Children of the 21st century

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Parents' employment and childcare in Children of the 21st century

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