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10 September 2019

More than a snapshot in time: Pathways of disadvantage over childhood

This research examined patterns of stability and change in multiple aspects of childhood disadvantage by following children from 0 to 9 years of age to inform more precise and nuanced policy development. Children’s overall level of composite disadvantage was stable over time, whereas geographic environments, health conditions and risk factors changed over time for some children. Measuring disadvantage as uni-dimensional, at a single time point, is likely to understate the true extent and persistence of disadvantage.