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Freedom to be a Child: Commercial Pressures on Children

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  • David Piachaud

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Children's lives have been transformed over the past century. Family incomes have increased, children lead more solitary lives, attitudes to childhood have changed, new products have been developed and commercial pressures on children have increased. The importance of these commercial pressures is analysed. Do children understand advertising? How is child poverty affected? How does increased materialism affect psychological well-being? The issues raised for public policy are discussed in terms of children's freedom, the rights of children and the protection of children. Finally, the future of childhood is considered and choices between constraining commercial pressures or not are considered.

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  • David Piachaud, 2007. "Freedom to be a Child: Commercial Pressures on Children," CASE Papers case127, Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion, LSE.
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    1. Robertson, Thomas S & Rossiter, John R, 1974. " Children and Commercial Persuasion: An Attribution Theory Analysis," Journal of Consumer Research, Oxford University Press, vol. 1(1), pages 13-20, June.
    2. Goldberg, Marvin E & Gorn, Gerald J, 1978. " Some Unintended Consequences of TV Advertising to Children," Journal of Consumer Research, Oxford University Press, vol. 5(1), pages 22-29, June.
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    Keywords

    childhood; consumption; advertising; commercialization;

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    • I31 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General Welfare, Well-Being

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