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The Duration of Bad Housing and Living Standards of Children in Britain

Barnes, M., Butt, S. & Tomaszewski, W. (2010). The Duration of Bad Housing and Living Standards of Children in Britain. Housing Studies, 26(1), pp. 155-176. doi: 10.1080/02673037.2010.512749


Improving children’s living standards is a top priority for government policy makers. Whilst the presence of a link between bad housing and child outcomes has been acknowledged in a number of studies, there is little evidence on how long children live in bad housing for and whether the duration of living in bad housing is associated with other poor outcomes for children. This research uses five waves of data from the Families and Children Study, a representative longitudinal study of families with children in Britain, to show that the longer children live in bad housing the more vulnerable they are to a range of other poor outcomes included in the Government’s Every Child Matters framework. The research implies that policy-makers need to focus on reducing the substantial number of children who live in bad housing for long periods and that interventions in housing provision for families are likely to lead to improvements in many other aspects of children’s lives.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in HOUSING STUDIES on 13th October 2010, available online:
Publisher Keywords: Property conditions, housing policy, overcrowding, children, panel data
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Departments: School of Policy & Global Affairs > Sociology & Criminology
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