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A socioecological approach to children’s experiences of violence: Evidence from Young Lives

Pells, K; Morrow, V; Maternowska, MC; Potts, A; (2018) A socioecological approach to children’s experiences of violence: Evidence from Young Lives. Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies , 13 (sup1) pp. 26-35. 10.1080/17450128.2018.1476746. Green open access

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Abstract

The scale and extent of violence towards children in different settings is increasingly well documented. However, few studies have attempted to draw on children’s perspectives to understand the linkages between forms of violence, as well as the factors that contribute to, and sustain, violence. We draw together findings from a collaborative project between UNICEF Office of Research–Innocenti and Young Lives, a 15-year longitudinal cohort study of children growing up in poverty in Ethiopia, India, Peru and Vietnam. This paper highlights findings relating to (1) the importance of understanding the contexts of children’s lives in relation to violence, (2) the ways in which violence is often underpinned by poverty that places pressure on families and communities, (3) the ways in which violence reflects and reinforces social norms and (4) how children’s experiences and their responses to violence are shaped by intersecting inequalities according to age, gender and the wider social and economic context.

Type: Article
Title: A socioecological approach to children’s experiences of violence: Evidence from Young Lives
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/17450128.2018.1476746
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/17450128.2018.1476746
Language: English
Additional information: This is an open access article under the CC BY license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Keywords: Violence, children, poverty, gender, agency
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Social Science
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10060916
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