Ireland's Children

Ireland's Children : Quality of Life, Stress, and Child Development in the Famine Era

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A quantitative analysis of the situation of Ireland's children during the famine era (1841-1861), this study utilizes census data to construct a series of indices to measure the quality of life for children in each of Ireland's 32 counties. While relatively little is known about the particular effects of the famine on childhood, census records from 1841, 1851, and 1861 do exist. Jordan also considers anthropometric data on military recruits, emigration figures, school enrollment, church records, and contemporary accounts to build a picture of Ireland's children. This comparative approach provides a wealth of information on family life in Ireland at both the county and the provincial levels. It addresses the role of home and school as a model of socialization and the use of emigration as a coping device. The author also explores the social climate created by the 1838 Poor Law. Ultimately, the stress of struggling to survive the natural disaster of the famine, combined with the political developments of the day, had a devastating effect on the young.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 216 pages
  • 161.54 x 241.81 x 20.83mm | 517.1g
  • Praeger Publishers Inc
  • Westport, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 0313307520
  • 9780313307522

Table of contents

Preface Introduction Childhood The Ambiance Estimating Children's Quality of Life Education Physical Development of Recruits Human Development in an Era of Stress References Index
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About Thomas E. Jordan

THOMAS E. JORDAN is Emeritus Curators' Professor of Child Development at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. His research addresses aspects of childhood in which stress is an element. As the author of 25 books and monographs, he has stressed empirical methods in studies of handicapped children, birth cohorts, and historical archives. His last four books addressed human development in 19th-century Britain. In 1998, he edited a two-volume edition of the Irish censuses, 1821-1911.
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