• Rob CreasyEmail author
  • Fiona Corby


In recent decades, UK society has seen a number of changes which increase pressure on children. This has contributed to the reported deterioration in the mental health of children alongside an increasing level of unhappiness. It appears as though children and young people lack resilience. Taming Childhood presents an argument regarding how social changes are contributing to children experiencing life in ways that are increasingly restricted and impoverished, what we refer to as tame. We argue that this is not a positive development, it is a childhood which restricts what children can do, undermining the development of resilience and undermining well-being.


Mental health Unhappiness Resilience Childhood 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Psychological and Social SciencesYork St John UniversityYorkUK
  2. 2.School of Social Sciences, Humanities and LawTeesside UniversityMiddlesbroughUK

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