Assessing Child Development: A Critical Review and the Sustainable Child Development Index (SCDI)
AbstractChildren are an important stakeholder group for sustainable development, as they represent the interface between current and future generations. A comprehensive assessment of child development (CD) in the context of sustainable development is still missing. In this paper, as a first step, a literature review is conducted to identify relevant aspects and gaps related to the assessment of CD. The main issues of CD are categorized into seven themes: health, education, safety, economic status, relationships, participation, and newly proposed environmental aspects. The corresponding subthemes and criteria are classified accordingly (e.g., nutrition, child mortality, immunization, etc., are assigned to the theme health). However, gaps in current studies, such as the heterogeneous classification of relevant aspects, regional and societal bias in addressing certain aspects, the limited number of subthemes, and criteria and the missing inclusion of environmental aspects impede the assessment of sustainable child development. To address the existing gaps, a comprehensive framework, the Sustainable Child Development Index (SCDI), is proposed. The SCDI is based on sustainable development as the core value, considers relevant aspects of CD with regard to newly-proposed environmental aspects and includes 26 aspects on an outcome and 37 indicators on a context level to tackle the heterogeneous classifications and interdependencies of relevant aspects. The proposed index intends to strengthen the stakeholder perspective of children in sustainability assessment. View Full-Text
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Chang, Y.-J.; Schneider, L.; Finkbeiner, M. Assessing Child Development: A Critical Review and the Sustainable Child Development Index (SCDI). Sustainability 2015, 7, 4973-4996.
Chang Y-J, Schneider L, Finkbeiner M. Assessing Child Development: A Critical Review and the Sustainable Child Development Index (SCDI). Sustainability. 2015; 7(5):4973-4996.Chicago/Turabian Style
Chang, Ya-Ju; Schneider, Laura; Finkbeiner, Matthias. 2015. "Assessing Child Development: A Critical Review and the Sustainable Child Development Index (SCDI)." Sustainability 7, no. 5: 4973-4996.