A macro-level approach to assess the early developmental vulnerabilities of children in Australia: a local government area-based analysis

Biswas, Raaj Kishore and Kabir, Enamul (2018) A macro-level approach to assess the early developmental vulnerabilities of children in Australia: a local government area-based analysis. Children and Youth Services Review, 93. pp. 161-169. ISSN 0190-7409

Abstract

The spatial impact of socioeconomic determinants on the macro-level early developmental vulnerability of children was analyzed in this paper using Local Government Areas (LGAs) as samples. Five domains of developmental outcomes: physical, social, emotional, language and cognitive, and communication have been addressed as ordinal outcomes, and fitted by the proportional odds model. Areas with a high percentage of low-income, welfare dependent and single parent families significantly increased the proportion of vulnerable children in all five domains. Other factors that significantly affect some aspects of developmental vulnerability in children are participation of women in the labor market, availability of home Internet and unemployment rate in the locality. The macro-level results match with previous micro-level assessments showing the relationship between household socioeconomic features and childhood vulnerability.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to Published version, in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Agricultural, Computational and Environmental Sciences
Date Deposited: 01 Nov 2018 02:11
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2018 03:23
Uncontrolled Keywords: child psychology; socio-economic determinants; family; disadvantage index; developmental vulnerability; neighborhood disadvantage; Australia
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1799 Other Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 179999 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2018.07.005
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/34967

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