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Understanding Children’s Well-Being And Transitions Through The Life Course: A Case From Ethiopia

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In trying to understand children's well-being and life transitions, researchers have become engaged in different methodological and theoretical approaches. This chapter aims to contribute to the existing theoretical and methodological debates surrounding our understanding of the lives of children in Ethiopia. Using the 'life-course' approach, it attempts to explore children's well-being and key transitional periods as more integrated and interrelated aspects of their lives. It attempts to reflect on whether children could be 'reliable' sources of information in constructing their life courses. The chapter, argues that a life-course perspective helps to understand children's well-being and transition in an integrated way, and that children themselves remain the best sources of data when it comes to their own lives. It provides a unique understanding of children living in specific contexts in time and space, and calls for related studies that go beyond the traditional 'universal' models of children's lives.

Keywords: children's well-being; Ethiopia; life-course approach



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