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Social Indicators Research

, Volume 74, Issue 3, pp 573–596 | Cite as

Where are the Children? Children’s Role in Measuring and Monitoring Their Well-Being

  • Asher Ben-AriehEmail author
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Abstract

This paper starting point is the dynamic changes and shifts in the field of measuring and monitoring children’s well being. In the paper we focus on one specific change – the “new” role of children in measuring and monitoring their own well being – a role of active participants rather then of subjects for research. We then turn to present based on a sequence of arguments and findings what role children should carry in measuring and monitoring their well being. Followed by a presentation of five possible roles for children involvement in such studies and in regard to the specific roles existing knowledge from various studies and suggested directions for future research are presented. The danger of children’s involvement is such studies are then discussed followed by a presentation of what do children think on this all issue. Finally we conclude that the potential involved in children’s involvement is much greater then the hazards.

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social indicators children’s well-being subjective well being 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Paul Baerwald School of Social Work and Social WelfareHebrew University of JerusalemIsrael

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