Wednesday, August 8, 2012

[EQ] Children and Youth in Crisis - Protecting and Promoting Human Development in Times of Economic Shocks

Children and Youth in Crisis

Protecting and Promoting Human Development in Times of Economic Shocks

Mattias Lundberg and Alice Wuermli - Editors

2012 International Bank for Reconstruction and Development / The World Bank - 2012

Available online PDF [318p.] at:

 “…….The work presented in this volume deepens our understanding of how shocks affect children and youth in two ways.

First, we aggregate the evidence on various developmental outcomes across developmental stages from conception to adulthood
(broadly defined by the transition to work).

Second, we show that the impact of crises will differ according to the social and environmental contexts in
which the child or young person grows and that shocks can in turn affect those contexts.

We hope to understand the short- and long-term impacts of crises, and whether we can identify particular protective factors that support children’s recovery from the worst ravages of the crisis.

The focus on transmission mechanisms, the pathways of influence, leads to a set of broad policy recommendations for enhancing both protection and recovery.

This volume incorporates the knowledge and evidence on shocks and human development from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, from economics to sociology, anthropology, and social and developmental psychology.

The treatment of different topics across the disciplines is uneven, reflecting the diverse foci of disciplinary endeavor and empirical research.

For example, studies in developmental sciences have explored socioemotional development during early childhood, mostly from countries in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

Studies from developing countries have focused more on children’s school attendance or dropout rate, but little is known about their socioemotional and behavioral development or even their underlying cognitive development.
The interdisciplinary approach permits a broader scope than would have been possible if confined to one discipline. Nevertheless, significant gaps remain in the evidence and in our understanding of human development and shocks in a wide range of contexts….”



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