Assets and child well-being in developed countries

Trina R. Williams Shanks*, Youngmi Kim, Vernon Loke, Mesmin Destin

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Although there is no universal approach to offering Child Development Accounts (CDAs), this paper introduces a framework for an age-based conceptual model that describes how such accounts might influence indicators of child well-being. With a focus on optimal age-appropriate development beginning at birth and ranging through young adulthood, the model incorporates research from multiple disciplines to include direct effects, indirect effects and critical milestones. We review empirical evidence from national datasets (primarily from the United States, but including research from other developed countries) to provide a context for this framework. This conceptual and empirical backdrop provides a starting point from which to critique key dimensions of CDA policy and consider potential implications of such an approach. Suggestions for future research are offered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1488-1496
Number of pages9
JournalChildren and Youth Services Review
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2010


  • Assets
  • Child development accounts
  • Children
  • Income
  • Wealth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science


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