Asking Children About Their Lives and Well-Being

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


The intention of the Children’s Worlds survey was to gain the most comprehensive view possible of children’s lives and well-being, from their own perspectives, by asking them factual and evaluative questions about their life as a whole and different specific aspects of it. With this aim in mind the project developed a framework based on previous conceptual and empirical work in this field. The framework is explained in the first two sections of this chapter. The first discusses the concept of self-reported well-being in general and the second addresses the issue of how to construct a list of domains or aspects of life which can be used to select and structure questionnaire content. A third section then provides some information about factual questions that were also asked in the survey to provide more detail about the context of children’s lives. Having described the project’s framework of concepts and measures, the fourth and final section of the chapter discusses the issue of making comparisons of children’s lives and well-being between countries. It identifies some of the challenges to this type of approach and some of the ways that these challenges have been addressed in this project.


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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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