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Childhood limiting long-term illness/disabilty and socioeconomic disadvantage in the UK: exploring predictors, trends and causal directions

Document type: Projects: In progress/completed
Document language: English
Uploaded By: Allan Colver (allancolver)
Date Uploaded: 2012/01/11 13:30:29.054 GMT+1
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Basic Information

Authors: Dr Clare Blackburn
Published on Date: 2010
Funding source project: The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

People who need reliable information on disabled children and their families in the UK all recognise that what is available at the moment is too limited. These include central and local government departments, health services, voluntary organisations and researchers. Better information is needed to assist in the planning and delivery of services for this important group.

While more data has become available recently, we need to know about: trends in childhood disability; the numbers of disabled children by geographical region and among some particular groups; why a higher proportion of disabled than non-disabled children live with a lone parent or a parent who is also disabled. We also need to know more about the relationship between socio-economic disadvantage and childhood disability, and how it can be explained.

This project aims to fill these gaps in knowledge and provide better information for service planning and delivery purposes.

It will do this by:

  1. undertaking secondary analysis of existing datasets: the 1991 and 2001 Population Census and the ONS Longitudinal Study
  2. carrying out a systematic review of the research-based literature on the association between childhood disability and socio-economic disadvantage in high income countries.

Riche Classification

Population Groups: Socio-economic status ,
Child Related Topics: Health care involving children ,
Languages and Geographical Perspective: English ,
Study type / scale / state of progress / setting: Systematic reviews , Ongoing ,