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The socio-economic circumstances of children at risk of disability in Britain

Emerson, Eric and Hatton, Chris (2007) The socio-economic circumstances of children at risk of disability in Britain. Disability and society, 22 (6). pp. 563-580. ISSN 0968-7599

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Abstract

Our aims were to describe the socio-economic circumstances faced by families supporting a child at risk of disability and to investigate the extent to which disability is associated with hardship once family income is held constant. We analysed data on 7070 family units containing 12,916 children aged under 17. Families supporting a child at risk of disability were significantly more disadvantaged across a wide range of indicators of socio-economic position. The hardship experienced by these families was only partly accounted for by between group differences in income, debt and savings. Children who are already at risk of disability as a result of a range of physical and cognitive impairments are more likely than other children to live under conditions that have been repeatedly shown to impede development, increase the risk of poor health and ( additional) disability and increase the risk of social exclusion.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Disability and society
Uncontrolled Keywords: INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES ; POOR FAMILIES ; HEALTH ; DEMOGRAPHY ; POVERTY ; PARENTS ; MOTHERS ; CARE
Subjects: UNSPECIFIED
Departments: Faculty of Health and Medicine > Health Research
ID Code: 51751
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 04 Dec 2011 15:31
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 22:54
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/51751

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