Children's Lives in Southern Europe
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Children's Lives in Southern Europe

Contemporary Challenges and Risks

Edited by Lourdes Gaitán, Yannis Pechtelidis, Catarina Tomás and Natália Fernandes

This interdisciplinary book provides a sociological view of the contemporary experiences of children in Southern Europe. Focusing on regions deeply affected by the 2008 economic crisis, it offers a detailed investigation into the impact of economic downturn and austerity on the lives of children.
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Chapter 10: Child poverty in Portugal: the crisis from childrens perspectives

Manuel Jacinto Sarmento and Gabriela de Pina Trevisan


As several countries went through hardships following the 2008 economic crisis, different reports suggest that specific generational groups – such as children and adolescents – have been hit the hardest. Amongst these concerns, different indicators have strengthened the idea that children were the most visible face of poverty and of decreasing global well-being indicators. In 2013, Portugal, Spain, Italy and Greece were in the middle of the table of global well-being indicators or at the bottom of 29 countries. These include five dimensions: material well-being, health and safety, education, risky behaviours and risk exposure, housing and environment. Under material well-being, for instance, all four countries are at the bottom of the table. Alongside these indicators, this chapter will explore others, namely, family income, child protection services data, health, and education rates of Southern European countries. Finally, a case study on child poverty in Portugal, and on the crisis in children’s perspectives will be discussed.

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