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Housing: An Under-Explored Influence on Children’s Well-Being and Becoming

Clair, A (2018) 'Housing: An Under-Explored Influence on Children’s Well-Being and Becoming.' Child Indicators Research. ISSN 1874-897X

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Abstract

Research on housing has tended to focus on adult outcomes, establishing relationships between housing and a number of aspects of health and well-being. Research exploring the influence of housing on children has been more limited, and has tended to focus on adult concerns around risk behaviours, behavioural problems and educational attainment. While these outcomes are important, they neglect the impact of housing on children’s lives beyond these concerns. There are a number of reasons to believe that housing would play an important role in children’s well-being more broadly. Family stress and strain models highlight how housing difficulties experienced by adults may have knock on effects for children, while Bronfenbrenner’s ecological approach to human development emphasises the importance of children’s experiences of their environments, of which the home is among the most important. This paper summaries the existing evidence around housing and child outcomes, predominantly educational and behavioural outcomes, and argues for the extension of this work to consider the impact of housing on children’s lives more broadly, especially their subjective well-being.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Child well-being; Well-becoming; Housing; Home; Education
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute for Social and Economic Research
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 18 May 2018 12:08
Last Modified: 23 May 2018 15:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/21759

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