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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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Socioeconomic origins of parents and child poverty

Socioeconomic origins of parents and child poverty

(p.71) Three Socioeconomic origins of parents and child poverty
Children of the 21st century

Jonathan Bradshaw

Emese Mayhew

Shirley Dex

Heather Joshi

Kelly Ward

Policy Press

Probably one of the single most important elements of a child's origins that affect their development and subsequent life chances is the family's economic circumstances. This chapter reviews the socioeconomic human capital of parents of Millennium Cohort babies and considers families' financial resources. It examines the extent of families living in poverty at the start of the cohort child's life and the family characteristics associated with living in poverty are described. Measuring poverty involves discussing how to assess poverty using income and relative poverty measures available in the data. The chapter also includes an examination of how families feel their financial circumstances changed over the time of having this birth. Finally, it considers the contribution to family resources and relationships of wider kin, in the form of grandparents who are part of babies' social, relationship and financial capitals at the start of their lives.

Keywords:   family's economic circumstances, child poverty, relative poverty, family resources, grandparents

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