Overall Well-Being

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


This chapter looks at how children feel about their lives as a whole. The measurement of overall well-being is a cornerstone of the Children’s Worlds project. As well as providing a valuable overview of how children feel about their lives across countries, it also provides a basis for analysing the relative importance of various factors for children’s overall well-being. This chapter provides a descriptive account of the measures of overall well-being included in the survey. It describes variations between countries based on mean well-being and also inequalities in well-being; and considers some of the possible factors that explain these variations. This general approach of exploring variations, including a focus on inequalities, is one which will also be employed in subsequent chapters which look at specific aspects of children’s lives. The chapter shows that looking at means and inequalities creates a slightly different picture of comparisons between countries, with some countries ranking higher for mean well-being and other countries ranking higher for equality in well-being. This is an important issue which will also be pursued later in the book. This chapter will also look at variations within countries according to demographic characteristics – age and gender. Chapter  14 will look at a selection of other factors in children’s lives that might explain why, within countries, some children have substantially higher or lower overall well-being than others.


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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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