Vulnerable Childhood in the Context of Children’s Well-Being

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Abstract

This study aims to clarify the concept of “vulnerable childhood” within the context of child well-being. In modern society, children are exposed to various risks that can negatively impact their physical, emotional, and social development. The article explores diverse aspects of children’s vulnerability, such as socio-economic inequalities, violations of children’s rights, adverse family conditions, and the impact of traumatic events. The authors employ an interdisciplinary approach that encompasses the analysis of sociological, psychological, economic, and legal aspects. The article provides an overview of existing research that emphasizes the importance of understanding the factors contributing towards children’s vulnerability, as well as the consequences it may have on their future well-being. Focusing on governmental and other programs aimed at enhancing child well-being, the authors offer recommendations to ensure the protection of vulnerable children. These include the implementation of inclusive educational programs, strengthening the family social support system, refining legislation concerning children’s rights, and creating effective mechanisms for responding to crisis situations. The article offers an analysis of the influence of the concept of a “vulnerable childhood” on children’s well-being, and presents specific steps for ensuring the protection and support of children at risk.

General Information

Keywords: children from vulnerable groups, child well-being, abuse, mechanisms for responding to crisis situations

Journal rubric: Methodological Problems of Legal Psychology

Article type: scientific article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.17759/psylaw.2024140105

Funding. The article was prepared within the framework of the HSE University Basic Research program.

Received: 04.10.2023

Accepted:

For citation: Garifulina E.Sh., Telitsyna A.Yu. Vulnerable Childhood in the Context of Children’s Well-Being [Elektronnyi resurs]. Psikhologiya i pravo = Psychology and Law, 2024. Vol. 14, no. 1, pp. 72–88. DOI: 10.17759/psylaw.2024140105. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)

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Elvira S. Garifulina, PhD in Sociology, Associate Professor, Department of Legal and Forensic Psychology and Law, Faculty of Legal and Forensic Psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Program Director, “Absolute-Help” Charity Foundation, Moscow, Russia, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4306-3899, e-mail: egarifulina@timchenkofoundation.org

Aleksandra Y. Telitsyna, PhD in Biology, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Studies of Civil Society and Nonprofit Sector, Associate Professor, School of Politics and Governance, Faculty of Social Sciences, HSE University, Moscow, Russia, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0186-3989, e-mail: atelitsyna@hse.ru

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