Happiness in Children

Measurement, Correlates and Enhancement of Positive Subjective Well-Being

  • Mark D. Holder

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Well-Being and Quality of Life Research book series (BRIEFSWELLBEING)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Mark D. Holder
    Pages 35-38
  3. Mark D. Holder
    Pages 61-66
  4. Mark D. Holder
    Pages 67-68
  5. Mark D. Holder
    Pages 69-71
  6. Mark D. Holder
    Pages 73-85
  7. Mark D. Holder
    Pages 87-87

About this book


This briefs summarizes the research on positive well-being in children, with a particular focus on their happiness. It starts with a discussion of the constructs of positive psychology (i.e., well-being, happiness and life satisfaction), and then outlines the research that shows the importance of studying well-being. Next, it explores how researchers measure happiness and what these measures tell us about whether children are happy and how their happiness differs from adults.  Following this, it discusses current positive psychology theories with the aim of suggesting their promise in understanding children’s well-being. Next, it examines the importance of individual differences, including culture and temperament. Because studies have only recently identified several of the factors associated with children’s happiness, the book ends with a discussion of how we might enhance children’s well-being and suggests directions for future research.


Construct of Positive Well-Being and Happiness Happiness in Children and Adults Study of Life Satisfaction and Happiness Three dimensions of Positive Subjective Well-Being Well-Being in Children and Adults

Authors and affiliations

  • Mark D. Holder
    • 1
  1. 1.University of British ColumbiaKelownaCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-94-007-4413-4
  • Online ISBN 978-94-007-4414-1
  • Series Print ISSN 2211-7644
  • Series Online ISSN 2211-7652
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