SN 5307 - Young Lives: an International Study of Childhood Poverty: Rounds 1 and 2, 2002-2006

Abstract

Data and documentation for Round 1 of the Young Lives survey have been updated, and data and documentation for Round 2 have been added to the study.

Round 1:
This dataset comprises the baseline household surveys for the main sample of one-year-old and eight-year-old children. For each country, two files are included at the household and child level for both ages. The data for the older children also include information from the child questionnaire. In addition, several files are included at lower levels (i.e. where there are several records per household). These include the household roster and activity schedules for livelihoods.

Topics covered include: household composition; child health; caregiver background; livelihoods; economic changes; socio-economic status; social capital and anthropometry. In addition, the information gathered for younger children also includes details from the caregiver on pregnancy, delivery, breastfeeding, mental health, and child care. Topics specific to the older eight-year-olds survey include child's schooling and work; child mental health (not available for Peru or Ethiopia), and child development.

Round 2:
This dataset comprises the data from the five-year-olds and twelve-year-olds household surveys and the twelve-year-olds child survey carried out in 2006. For each of the four countries the dataset contains two files at the household/child level (one for the five-year-olds survey and one for the twelve-year-olds survey). The household/child level data file for the twelve-year-olds survey also includes data from the child questionnaire. In addition there are several files at lower levels (i.e. where there are several records per household). These include the household roster and activity schedules for livelihoods.

Topics covered in the dataset include: parental background; household education; livelihoods and asset framework; household food and non-food consumption and expenditure; social capital, economic changes and recent life history; socio-economic status; child care, education and activities; child health; anthropometry; caregivers perceptions and attitudes; school and activities, child time use; social networks, social skills and social support; feelings and attitudes; parents and household issues; child development; perception of the future, environment and household wealth.

Both Round 1 and 2 also include calculated indices such as a wealth index, various social capital scores, and mental health scores, which are all detailed in the documentation. The SPSS syntax code files that show methods of calculation for the composite indices are also included in the dataset.

The datasets can be accessed from the UK Data Service website: Round 1 and Round 2.

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