Health, Body Image, Safety and Freedom

  • Gwyther Rees
Part of the Children’s Well-Being: Indicators and Research book series (CHIR, volume 18)


This chapter covers a range of important topics covered in the surveys. The first two of these topics are about children’s views of themselves – namely their health and their body image. The other two topics are more psychological and cross-cutting in nature and relate to freedom and safety. One of the striking findings presented in this chapter relates to particularly substantial variations in children’s satisfaction with their body image between countries and between females and males within some countries. Issues of freedom and safety have been found to be important dimensions of children’s well-being in a number of previous studies in individual countries and this is one of the first studies to have gathered data on these aspects across such a diversity of contexts. The findings on safety, in particular, create a complex picture with children’s evaluations of their safety varying across the different environments of home, school and local area in different ways in different countries. The patterns raise interesting questions about whether it makes sense to think about children’s feelings of safety in the abstract or whether these feelings are more context-specific.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gwyther Rees
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  1. 1.Social Policy Research UnitUniversity of YorkYorkUK

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