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Children's origins

Mel Bartley, Lisa Calderwood, Hiranthi Jayaweera, Ian Plewis and Kelly Ward

in Children of the 21st century

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/9781861346889.003.0002
Children's origins

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This chapter reviews the circumstances of birth for babies born at the start of the 21st century. It outlines the initial conditions of life for this new generation. This chapter considers the family into which a new baby is born — in particular it looks at parents and their relationships, siblings and the wider kin. Then, it examines the ethnic identities and the religion of parents, and their own languages and national and cultural heritages. The health of parents is another important element of the ‘endowment set’ for cohort babies which may affect the extent to which parents can provide effective care for the baby. Finally, the chapter describes the housing conditions and neighbourhood context in which these families live.

Keywords: parents's health; endowment; cohort babies; family relationships

Chapter.  14295 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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