Child Indicators Research

, Volume 6, Issue 4, pp 619–635 | Cite as

Children’s Subjective Well-Being in Rich Countries

  • Jonathan Bradshaw
  • Bruno Martorano
  • Luisa Natali
  • Chris de Neubourg


This paper is based on background research we undertook for UNICEF Innocenti Report Card 11 on child well-being in rich countries. It develops a new domain index of subjective well-being based on seven indicators drawn from the Health Behaviour of School Aged Children (HBSC) survey 2009/10, which includes life satisfaction, relationships with family and friends, well-being at school, and subjective health. It explores the associations between the indicators, components and the overall domain. Changes in subjective well-being between HBSC 2001/2 and 2009/10 are analysed. It then explores the relationships between subjective well-being and objective domains: material, health, education, behaviour and housing and environment. At a macro level subjective well-being is associated with all those domains. It concludes that subjective well-being should be included in comparative studies of well-being but not necessarily as just another domain. It is a related but different order measure.


Well-being Subjective well-being Comparison of rich countries 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jonathan Bradshaw
    • 1
  • Bruno Martorano
    • 2
  • Luisa Natali
    • 2
  • Chris de Neubourg
    • 2
  1. 1.University of YorkYorkUK
  2. 2.UNICEF Office of Research / Innocenti Research CentreFlorenceItaly

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