Liggins Institute seminar: Vulnerable children – defining the problem and its consequences in a contemporary NZ birth cohort Event as iCalendar

12 March 2014

3:30 - 4:30pm

Venue: Seminar Room 505-003, Building 505, 85 Park Road, Grafton

Defining early life vulnerability has become a policy focus in New Zealand as part of the drive to ensure that every child born “thrives, achieves and belongs”. However defining the factors that contribute to early life vulnerability is complex, the factors often over-lap and cluster at any one point in time and may accumulate or change over time. Longitudinal data collected from contemporary child cohorts that are broadly generalisable to a particular population can help policy makers to understand what defines vulnerability within their population context. Such data can also identify individual, family, community and societal factors that may confer risk and those that may be protective at different times in the children’s life course.

This talk will use longitudinal information collected from Growing Up in New Zealand , a contemporary pre-birth cohort study of nearly 7000 children, to define patterns of early vulnerability for contemporary NZ children even before a child is born, and how these are either perpetuated or mitigated in the early childhood period. Additionally we consider how these factors are linked to early markers of child health and wellbeing.

Presented by: Associate Professor, Dr Susan Morton

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