This disturbing volume probes beneath the rhetoric about system change in the transition societies of Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union to examine the impact of political, social, and economic dislocation, ethnic conflict and civil war on the most population: children.

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PART ONE Social conditions: Children's welfare and families' access to basic social services

chapter 1|16 pages

The social and economic cost of transition

chapter 2|14 pages

Child health

chapter 3|8 pages


chapter 4|8 pages


chapter 5|6 pages


part |2 pages

PART TWO Child protection: Children in especially difficult circumstances

chapter 7|8 pages

Child neglect, abuse, and exploitation

chapter 8|6 pages

Child labor

chapter 9|6 pages

Juvenile crime

part |2 pages

PART THREE Different faces of the transition: Area highlights

chapter 11|8 pages

Central Europe

chapter 12|10 pages

Children of the Baltic countries

chapter 13|12 pages

Southeastern Europe

chapter 14|14 pages

Belarus, the Russian Federation, and Ukraine

chapter 15|8 pages

The Caucasus countries

chapter 16|8 pages

The Central Asian republics and Kazakhstan

chapter 17|6 pages

The Aral Sea disaster zone

chapter 18|8 pages

Minority groups