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Children of the 21st century (Volume 2)The first five years$
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Kirstine Hansen, Heather Joshi, and Shirley Dex

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781847424761

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847424761.001.0001

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Ethnic inequalities in child outcomes

Ethnic inequalities in child outcomes

(p.169) Ten Ethnic inequalities in child outcomes
Children of the 21st century (Volume 2)

Lorraine Dearden

Luke Sibieta

Policy Press

This chapter reports some findings from the first three surveys of the Millennium Cohort Study (MCS) on the nature and extent of ethnic differences in early childhood environment and outcomes up to age 5. It examines ethnic differences in child outcomes, together with background and mediating factors that are likely to have impacted on these outcomes. It outlines how ethnic groups are defined and then shows how the outcomes of interest vary by ethnic groups. It examines how some possible explanatory factors of ethnic gaps vary by ethnic group, namely selected family background characteristics and selected measures of the early childhood environment. It presents the multivariate analysis it carried out to see the extent to which family background characteristics and the early childhood environment can act as mediating factors — in some sense ‘explaining’ the ethnic divide in early child development.

Keywords:   ethnic differences, early childhood environment, child outcomes, ethnic groups, multivariate analysis, early child development

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