Book Chapter

Children’s well-being and communication

Publication

Chapter Author
Florencia Enghel

Publisher
Springer

Description

The well-being of children represents a challenge not yet fully confronted and The Handbook of Child Well-being supplies its readers with a thorough overview of the complexities and implications regarding the scientific and practical pursuit of children's well-being. The handbook addresses the concept of well-being through an in-depth analysis of the perspectives and vocabularies of various disciplines such as, philosophy, theology, psychology and sociology. It covers important issues in child well-being and the problems of the general politics of well-being as well as the implementation of interventional programs and measures. In addition the handbook deals with the methods of measuring well-being for a scientifically grounded understanding and also for policy-making. The interdisciplinary set up of the handbook makes it a unique work that offers readers from a vast scope of child-related disciplines and professions a profound overview of the complexities and implications of the scientific and practical pursuit of children’s well-being.

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Abstract

Provided that communication is understood both as a social practice and as a right, it can be promoted as a meaningful capability that prepares children to critically read, and thus have the potential to transform, their everyday worlds. Communication can be an avenue towards strengthening children’s resilience and encouraging their participation in those matters that affect them. This article explores communication from three angles considered relevant to facilitating children’s ability to voice their needs and claim their rights: intergenerational communication, which focuses on the ways in which adults can best communicate with children; communication for development and social change, which focuses on the ways in which communication can be used strategically to address problematic social issues and their solution; and representations of children in the media, which focuses on the ways in which children should be communicated about in society at large as well as on the ways in which children can engage in redressing misrepresentations.

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Details

  • Type:
    Book Chapter (peer reviewed)
  • Anthology:
    Handbook of Child Well-Being: Theories, Methods and Policies in Global Perspective
  • Published:
    2014
  • Publisher:
  • Language:
    English

About the Author

Florencia Enghel

I am a Postdoctoral Researcher within the Leading Research Environment "Global Media Studies and the Politics of Mediated Communication". My research has focused on the role of communication in the practice and the project of international develop... Read more

Reference

Enghel, F. (2014). Children’s well-being and communication. In: B. A., C. F., F. I. and K. J.E., eds., Handbook of Child Well-Being: Theories, Methods and Policies in Global Perspective, Sao Paulo: Springer.