The Well-Being of America's Children

Developing and Improving the Child and Youth Well-Being Index

  • Kenneth C. Land

Part of the Children’s Well-Being: Indicators and Research book series (CHIR, volume 6)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Kenneth C. Land
    Pages 1-12
  3. Kenneth C. Land, Vicki L. Lamb, Sarah Meadows
    Pages 13-27
  4. Kenneth C. Land, Vicki L. Lamb, Sarah Meadows, Hui Zheng, Qiang Fu
    Pages 29-75
  5. Donald J. Hernandez, Suzanne Macartney, Wendy Cervantes
    Pages 77-120
  6. E. Scott Huebner, Susan P. Antaramian, Ashley Lewis Heffner
    Pages 121-141
  7. Michael R. Hagerty, Kenneth C. Land
    Pages 143-159
  8. Vicki L. Lamb, William P. O’Hare
    Pages 161-187
  9. Qiang Fu, Vicki L. Lamb, Kenneth C. Land
    Pages 189-224
  10. Kenneth C. Land, Vicki L. Lamb, Hui Zheng
    Pages 225-238
  11. Megan A. Curran, Shadi Houshyar, Bruce Lesley
    Pages 239-259
  12. Kenneth C. Land
    Pages 261-263
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 265-269

About this book


This volume attests to the evolution of the Child Well-Being Index and asks what it promises for understanding the progress - or lack of progress - in enhancing the life prospects of all American children.   Recent research on the general problem of conceptualizing and measuring the well-being of children and young people is covered, as well as the conceptual foundations of the Child Well-Being Index and its methods of construction. Further, the authors assess the methodological issues involved in the construction of composite quality-of-life indices and the question of the extent to which the Child Well-Being Index can be scaled to apply meaningfully to levels of analysis below the national level. In the end, the questions of what this Index tells us about changes in child and youth well-being in the US across recent decades at national, state, and substate regional levels and in international comparisons, and which additional data series need to be developed so that the Index can be improved, is addressed.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Kenneth C. Land
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. SociologyDuke UniversityDurhamUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-94-007-4091-4
  • Online ISBN 978-94-007-4092-1
  • Series Print ISSN 1879-5196
  • Series Online ISSN 1879-520X
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