- Title Pages
- Preface to the Paperback Edition
- Introduction: The New Paradigm
1Happiness over the Life Course: What Matters Most?
Part OneWhat Makes a Happy Adult?
4Work and Unemployment
5Building a Family
6Health of Mind and Body
8Social Norms and Institutions
9Happiness at Older Ages
Part TwoWhat Makes a Successful Child?
12Parenting and Parents’ Mental Health
Part ThreeSo What?
15Measuring Cost-Effectiveness in Terms of Happiness
16The Origins of Happiness
- Our Thanks
- Contents of Online Materials
- Sources and Notes For Tables And Figures
- Cartoon Credits
- (p.153) 10 Family Income
- The Origins of Happiness
Andrew E. Clark
- Princeton University Press
This chapter considers how our early experience determines our emotional well-being as a child and how it affects the other key dimensions of our development as children. To answer these questions, the chapter turns to the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC). This survey attempted to cover all children born in and around Bristol (a city of nearly half a million people) and Bath, between April 1991 and December 1992. Through this, the chapter embarks on a study of how children are affected if their parents are poor. Here, the ALSPAC data confirms the well-known fact that income affects children's academic performance. But ALSPAC also shows that the effect on children's emotional well-being and behavior is much less.
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