Thursday, February 15, 2007

Treatment of children in developed world

There are numerous reports on the plight of children in developing countries. UNICEF has just released a report that assesses the well-being of children in 21 advanced economies.

"Child Poverty in Perspective: An Overview of Child Well-Being in Rich Countries" uses six dimensions: material well-being, health and safety, education well-being, family and peer relationships, behavior and risks, and subjective well-being. The United States did not score in the top half on any of these dimensions, in fact the only country that scored lower was the United Kingdom. The top country in the bottom third was the Czech Republic, Netherlands had the highest score. Even Norway didn't score well on all six dimensions.

The Denver Post has an article in today's newspaper on this topic, "U.S. Child Welfare Ranked Low."

Want to learn more resources on children and youth? Check out the library's guide.

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