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Forgotten FamiliesEnding the Growing Crisis Confronting Children and Working Parents in the Global Economy$
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Jody Heymann

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195335248

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195335248.001.0001

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Parents' Working Conditions and Children's Health

Parents' Working Conditions and Children's Health

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Forgotten Families

Jody Heymann

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the consequences of the changes for children's health. It answers the fundamental questions about how working adults can meet the health needs of children and adults alike. A 33-year-old Pham Dieu Hien was interviewed in Vietnam and seemed already to have lived several lifetimes. She had a son named Liep, and he was diagnosed with epilepsy. Liep's parents didn't know what had caused his seizures. Hien's story was only one of hundreds that has been heard recounted which told of the indelible ways that working conditions and social supports determined whether families could meet children's preventive, curative, and care needs while working. Children's short-term survival is being placed at risk and their long-term health and development undermined by the fact that millions of working-poor parents have no option but to leave their children home alone or in dangerously poor-quality care. Children without any adequate care face far higher rates of illness and injury and far lower rates of receiving the preventive health care they need.

Keywords:   children, health, parent, working conditions, risk, illness, injury

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