Identifier

etd-04112013-093644

Degree

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Department

Social Work

Document Type

Thesis

Abstract

Children who live in poverty are more likely to suffer from avoidable illnesses, become teenaged parents, be involved in the criminal justice system, and mature into adults who live in poverty (Isaacs et al., 2011). This study examines the relationship between government spending as a percent of gross domestic product (GDP) and 21 child well-being indicators. The samples in this study were collected from 30 Organization of Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) countries for the years 2009 and 2012. The major finding of this study reveals that there is a statistically significant relationship between government spending as a percent of GDP and percent of children living in poor homes, educational deprivation, overcrowding, youth NEET rates, physical activity, mortality, smoking, and teenaged birth rates. This study advances the field of child well-being by identifying the relationship between government spending as a percent of GDP and each of the 21 child well-being indicators.

Date

2013

Document Availability at the Time of Submission

Release the entire work immediately for access worldwide.

Committee Chair

Lim, Younghee

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