Well-Being, Resilience and Quality of Life from Children’s Perspectives

A Contextualized Approach

  • Silvia Exenberger
  • Barbara Juen

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Silvia Exenberger, Barbara Juen
    Pages 15-21
  3. Silvia Exenberger, Barbara Juen
    Pages 23-30
  4. Silvia Exenberger, Barbara Juen
    Pages 51-58
  5. Silvia Exenberger, Barbara Juen
    Pages 59-64
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 65-71

About this book


This book explores the broad view on child well-being and the quality of life research. It starts with a discussion of the origin of the social indicator movement and a review of literature on the concepts of quality of life, (subjective) well-being and resilience. It then discusses the force of culture on child development, and shows how two prototypical environments favor either the independent or interdependent self-model. After an exploration of the shifts and changes in the child well-being indicator movement and trends of child well-being measurements, the book turns to research on Tsunami-affected children.  The first part of the study gives these children and their caregivers a voice, formulating in their words what constitutes child well-being for them in the given circumstances. The concepts provided are processed in detail, contrasted, and then made into indicators. The second part of the study describes the introduction of a child well-being index based on these indicators. The book ends with four main conclusions reflected in a theoretical model of contextualized child well-being indicators.


Caregivers’ Perspectives Child Well-Being Against the Background of Culture Child Well-Being Index Child Well-Being Indices from Children’s Points of View Children’s Perspectives Contextualized Child Well-Being Indicators Culture and Child Well-Being Evidence-based National Composite Well-Being Indices Grounded Theory Indian Ocean Tsunami Disaster Origin of the Social Indicator Movement Rural Subsistence-based Environment Theoretical Model Towards Child Well-Being Trends on Child Well-Being Measurements Urban Western Environment Well-Being, Quality of Life and Resilience

Authors and affiliations

  • Silvia Exenberger
    • 1
  • Barbara Juen
    • 2
  1. 1.Dept. of PsychologyUniversity of InnsbruckInnsbruckAustria
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of InnsbruckInnsbruckAustria

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