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Social Indicators Research

, Volume 61, Issue 1, pp 59–78 | Cite as

Child Well-being: A Systematic Review of the Literature

  • Elizabeth L. Pollard
  • Patrice D. Lee
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Abstract

A systematic review the child well-beingliterature in English was conducted withsearches in five databases to assess thecurrent state of child well-being research andanswer the following questions: (1) How is childwell-being defined? (2) What are the domains ofchild well-being? (3) What are the indicators ofchild well-being? and (4) How is childwell-being measured? This review updates andexpands a previous review of the childwell-being literature spanning 1974–1992. Results indicate that well-being is a commonlyused but inconsistently defined term frequentlyincluded in the study of child development. There are five distinct domains of childwell-being: physical, psychological, cognitive,social, and economic. Positive indicators areused more often in the physical, cognitive,social, and economic domains, while morenegative or deficit indicators are used in thepsychological domain. There is littleagreement in the research literature on how tobest measure child well-being.

Keywords

Systematic Review Child Development Research Literature Previous Review Distinct Domain 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Elizabeth L. Pollard
    • 1
  • Patrice D. Lee
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for Child Well-being, A program of the Task Force for Child Survival and DevelopmentEmory UniversityUSA

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