Child Poverty – What’s in a Word?

Published on 1 June 2010

A new book entitled “Why Care? Children’s Rights and Child Poverty” edited by Wouter Vandenhole, Jan Vranken en Katrien De Boyser has just been published by Intersentia. The book is a collection of chapters by authors from different disciplines, discussing issues concerning childhood poverty and child rights from a primarily European perspective. The timing of this book is related to 2010 being the European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion.

One of the chapters is by myself, entitled “Child Poverty – what’s in a word?”. In this chapter, I build on the claim in previous work that the definition and conceptualization of child poverty are important to use measures of child poverty for policy making and policy evaluation by providing specific examples. I show that it’s vital to be transparent about whether a study is comparative or specific in nature, focuses on the concepts of well-being versus well-becoming or diversifies children by age as it has implications in terms of empirical outcomes.


Keetie Roelen

IDS Honorary Associate

Publication details

published by
Roelen, K.
Vandenhole, W., Vranken, J. and De Boyser, K.


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