Child Indicators Research

, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp 367–383 | Cite as

Child Well-being in the Pacific Rim

  • Maggie LauEmail author
  • Jonathan Bradshaw


This study extends previous efforts to compare the well-being of children using multi-dimensional indicators derived from sample survey and administrative series to thirteen countries in the Pacific Rim. The framework for the analysis of child well-being is to organise 46 indicators into 21 components and organise the components into six domains: material situation, health, education, subjective well-being, living environment, as well as risk and safety. Overall, Japan, Singapore and Taiwan have the highest child well-being and Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines the lowest. However, there are substantial variations between the domains. Japan and Korea perform best on the material well-being of children and also do well on health and education but they have the lowest subjective well-being among their children by some margin. There is a relationship between child well-being and GDP per capita but children in China have higher well-being than you would expect given their GDP and children in Australia have lower well-being. The analysis is constrained by missing data particularly that the Health Behaviour of School-Aged Children Survey is not undertaken in any of these countries.


Child well-being Pacific Rim Far-East Multi-dimensional index 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Social SciencesThe Hong Kong Institute of EducationTai Po, New TerritoriesPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Department of Social Policy and Social WorkUniversity of YorkHeslingtonUK

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