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Children of the 21st centuryFrom birth to nine months$
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Shirley Dex and Heather Joshi

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9781861346889

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861346889.001.0001

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Children's origins

Children's origins

(p.25) Two Children's origins
Children of the 21st century

Mel Bartley

Lisa Calderwood

Hiranthi Jayaweera

Ian Plewis

Kelly Ward

Policy Press

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

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