Children's subjective well-being in rural communities of South Korea and the United States

Michael J. Lawler, Changyong Choi, Joan Yoo, Juyeon Lee, Soonhee Roh, Lisa A. Newland, Jarod T. Giger, Ramu Sudhagoni, Barbara L. Brockevelt, Bong Joo Lee

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The study examined subjective well-being of 10- to 12-year-old children from rural South Korea (n = 489) and rural United States (n = 1286) using the Children's Worlds Survey within the framework of the ecological, relationship-based model of children's subjective well-being. Applying Structural Equation Modeling to the analysis, a large proportion of the variance was explained and children's subjective well-being was predicted in both countries by microsystem factors of family relationships, parent involvement, and school quality, and individual factors of age (younger), and gender (male). Additional microsystem factors predicting subjective well-being were neighborhood quality in South Korea, and peer relationships in the United States, which may reflect contextual influences of collectivistic (South Korea) and individualistic (United States) macrosystems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)158-164
Number of pages7
JournalChildren and Youth Services Review
StatePublished - Jan 2018

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  • Child
  • Rural
  • South Korea
  • United States
  • Well-being

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science


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