ERIC Number: ED404023
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Quality of Life and Child Development. Working Papers in Early Childhood Development 20.
Amar, Jose Juan Amar
In Latin America and the Caribbean, poverty is not merely a problem of marginalized communities. It is the situation in which 240 million people--50 percent of the population--are living. This report describes research undertaken by the Quality of Life Project, which aims to improve the situation of children in these disadvantaged communities. The report begins with a discussion of the economic situation in these areas and the response to it by government and the people struggling with it. The report then moves into an explanation of the project's perspective on two main themes: quality of life and child development. In both areas the report stresses the importance of understanding specific, interrelated social contexts. The report then describes six studies carried out by the project. The first investigated the perception that children from disadvantaged backgrounds have of the world in which they live (based on 12 fundamental concepts such as goodness, money, death, and friendship); the second study investigated the development of perspective-taking. The third study examined empathy and prosocial behavior, while the fourth attempted to determine the perceptions these children have of themselves. The last two studies examined the family's and the community's roles in offering these children protection from their harsh environment. The report concludes with a discussion of doubts and concerns stemming from the research. (EV)
Descriptors: Child Development, Child Welfare, Childhood Attitudes, Children, Community Role, Context Effect, Early Childhood Education, Economically Disadvantaged, Emotional Response, Family Influence, Family Role, Foreign Countries, Perspective Taking, Poverty, Prosocial Behavior, Quality of Life, Self Concept, Social Development, Socialization
Department of Programme Documentation and Communication, Bernard van Leer Foundation, P.O. Box 82334, 2508 EH, The Hague, Netherlands (Single copy free; a small charge will be made for multiple copies to cover costs of printing and postage).
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Bernard Van Leer Foundation, The Hague (Netherlands).
Identifiers - Location: South America