Child Indicators Research

, Volume 10, Issue 1, pp 1–18 | Cite as

Ecological, Relationship-Based Model of Children’s Subjective Well-Being: Perspectives of 10-Year-Old Children in the United States and 10 Other Countries

  • Michael J. LawlerEmail author
  • Lisa A. Newland
  • Jarod T. Giger
  • Soonhee Roh
  • Barbara L. Brockevelt


The purpose of this study is to further assess the international relevance of an ecological, relationship-based model of children’s subjective well-being with samples of 10-year-old children from the United States (n = 502, M age = 10.66, SD = .55) and 10 other countries: Algeria, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Israel, Nepal, Romania, Rwanda, South Korea, and Uganda (n = 502, M age = 10.12, SD = .48). All children completed the Children’s Worlds survey, which includes individual factors, contextual factors of home and family, life and neighborhood, school, and peers, and subjective well-being measures for life satisfaction, mental health, and self-image. The strongest predictors of children’s subjective well-being were family and peer relationships, school, and neighborhood quality. Findings support the international relevance of an ecological, relationship-based model of children’s subjective well-being.


Childhood Well-being Ecological context Relationships International 



The authors acknowledge contributions to the research project from Rita Humphrey and Tamara Olson.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael J. Lawler
    • 1
    Email author
  • Lisa A. Newland
    • 2
  • Jarod T. Giger
    • 3
  • Soonhee Roh
    • 4
  • Barbara L. Brockevelt
    • 5
  1. 1.School of Health SciencesUniversity of South DakotaVermillionUSA
  2. 2.Human Development and Educational PsychologyUniversity of South DakotaVermillionUSA
  3. 3.College of Social WorkUniversity of KentuckyLexingtonUSA
  4. 4.Department of Social WorkUniversity of South DakotaVermillionUSA
  5. 5.Department of Occupational TherapyUniversity of South DakotaVermillionUSA

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