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“It is refreshing to see a book such as this which is both broad in its conceptualization of the field of child research and deep in its focus. The volume's editors are paragons of awareness when it comes to the need for interdisciplinary research and theory to illuminate the lives and experience of children.”

James Garbarino, Loyola University Chicago

“Covers a satisfying and unprecedentedly wide range of research relating to childhood. The contributors include many eminent international scholars of childhood, making the book a valuable resource for child researchers. Child advocates will also find the book to be invaluable in their efforts to improve children's well-being, and to change policies and practices for the better.”

Anne Smith, University of Otago

“A really scintillating collection that will provide a lasting perspective on child studies - stimulating and comprehensive!”

Jonathan Bradshaw, University of York

In keeping with global changes in children's social and legal status, this Handbook includes examination of children as family members, friends, learners, consumers, people of faith, and participants in law and politics. The contributors also discuss the methodological and ethical requirements for research that occurs in natural settings and that enables children themselves to describe their perspective.

The book is divided into three parts: Part I: Setting-Specific Issues in Child Research; Part II: Population-Specific Issues in Child Research; Part III: Methods in Research on Children and Childhood

Time-Use Studies
Time-use studies

Understanding the way individuals spend time is integral to understanding how their lives are lived. How time is used largely determines the progress, achievement, and well-being of individuals, families, communities, and societies (Ironmonger, 2006). There is growing recognition that information on how time is spent is essential for social and health scientists, policy makers, and the community at large. Time-use studies are a window on daily life that, almost uniquely, shows all the things that people actually do.

Time-use data are especially useful in showing activities that occur in the private sphere of the home. A great deal of statistical information is collected on market work, household expenditure, and labour force patterns, but few data sources explore other important aspects of people's lives, ...

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