Social Indicators Research

, Volume 134, Issue 3, pp 1173–1194 | Cite as

The Role of Family Policy in Explaining the International Variation in Child Subjective Well-Being

  • Almudena Moreno Mínguez


The article proposes an innovative analyse for cross-national differences in the subjective child well-being introducing new indicators and measures. This dimension addresses the issue of welfare support to parents and child early education. The question of this research is to what extend family policies can explain the variability of subjective child well-being components in different European countries. Based on this question, the two objective of this proposal are: (1) to review the existing literature with respect to conceptualization, measurement, and correlates of children’s subjective well-being, with a special emphasis on the context of family policies and family well-being in different European welfare states, and (2) to analyse the relation between these policies and subjective child well-being. In order to get these aims we have elaborated two indexes: the index of child subjective well-being and family policy index. Data for HBSC (Health Behaviour in School-aged Children) for the first index and data from OECD Family Database is used to build these indicators. We found that the index of child subjective well-being is comparatively higher in those countries where family policies are more generous in the areas of preschool education, family services, family spending and duration of paid parental leave.


Child subjective well-being Family policy Child indicators International comparision Welfare state 


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  1. 1.Department of Sociology and Social WorkUniversity of ValladolidSegoviaSpain

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