Special Issue "Poverty and Child Well-Being"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 December 2017)
Child poverty has repercussions not only for short-term hardship, but also for long-term health and development. Children who experience poverty, especially in the event that it happens at the early stages of their life or for a prolonged period, create the risk of a host of detrimental health and developmental outcomes. Evidently, the causes of child poverty are complex and multi-faceted, but there is proof that programs and policies that empower parents and raise family resources can advance child well-being. This Special Issue will offer readers a comprehensive look at: (1) the causes and effects of poverty on children’s well-being; (2) the contexts and mechanisms that affect the links between poverty and child well-being; and (3) policies and programs that may lead to improved child well-being. We welcome original articles that employ either quantitative, qualitative, or mixed-methods as well as critical reviews on this issue.
Dr. Wen-Jui Han
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- child well-being
- child cognitive achievement
- child social and emotional development
- child health
- public health
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Type of Paper: Article
Title: Exploring the Experiences and Dynamics of an Unconditional Cash Transfer for Low-Income Mothers: A Mixed Methods Study
Authors: Natalia Rojas, Hirokazu Yoshikawa, Mayra Lemus Rangel, Lisa Gennetian, Kimberly Noble, Greg Duncan, Katherine Magnuson
Affiliations: New York University; Columbia University; UC Irvine; University of Wisconsin Madison
Abstract: This mixed-methods study uses data from a pilot randomized experiment of an unconditional cash transfer, distributed through debit cards and conducted over the first year of life with low-income mothers and their newborns to examine whether debit cards with text reminders a feasible approach for distribution of cash income to parents of newborns, what dynamics of spending occur at the monthly level, and what categories of spending occur, and how are the experiences of the dynamics of the payment and spending actually experienced by parents. Two forms of data are used to address the research questions: quantitative debit-card-based data on spending and semi-structured interviews with low-income mothers who received the transfers. The quantitative spending reports reveal that debit cards were a feasible method for distributing cash transfers with relative few documented problems. Both the quantitative and qualitative analyses (N = 26 mothers) revealed that most mothers spent their cash income within the first 5 days of receiving the payment each month and while the expenditure reports indicate relatively few child-specific expenditures (approximately 4%), mothers describe making a wide range of purchases that they categorized as “for the baby” using the debit card. The spending and experiences of the cash transfers are a reflection of many of the mothers struggles to budget her family’s monthly expenses in an environment with little monetary flexibility and frequent unexpected expenses. To meet demands, mothers reported using a variety of strategies, including instrumental support from friends and family members and other financial strategies.
Type of Paper: Article
Title: Poverty and Child Well-Being—The Mediating Role of Parenting and Parental Well-Being
Authors: Till Kaiser, Jianghong Li, Matthias Pollmann-Schult
Affiliations: WZB Berlin Social Science Center, GermanyTelethon KIDS Institute, the University of Western Australia, Australia
Center for Population Health Research, Curtin University, Australia
Department of Sociology, the University of Bielefeld, Germany
Abstract: The detrimental impact of poverty on child behavioral problems is well established, but mechanisms that explain this relationship are less well known. Using nationally representative data from the Family in Germany Study on parents and their children (age 9-10), this study extends previous research by examining if different parenting styles and parents’ subjective well-being explain the relationship between poverty and child behavior problems. Results show that the parenting style, such as psychological control, and mothers’ satisfaction with life partially mediate the correlation between poverty and child behavioral problems.
Type of Paper: Article
Title: How Does Using a Multi-Dimensional Measure Affect Child Well-Being?
Authors: Shirley Gatenio Gabel, Yiwei Zhang
Affiliations: Graduate School of Social Service, Fordham University, 113 West 60th Street, New York, NY 10023, USA
Abstract: Measuring child well-being using an income measure alone has been found to be incomplete. Researchers and policymakers worldwide have called for integrated and multidimensional indexes to replace single dimension measure. The focus of the growing literature on measuring child well-being has been on developing measures that capture the multidimensional nature of well-being toward improving the distribution of resources to better the welfare of children. This paper will review the multidimensional measures being used in the United States, how they are being used, and evaluate the success of these measures in realizing positive outcomes for children by comparing it to outcomes when traditional income poverty measures have been used. The paper seeks to understand if the use of multidimensional measures has enhanced the adoption of policies and resources that result in improved child outcomes in the five domains that typically measured domains of child well-being: physical, psychological, cognitive, social and economic.