Ecological, relationship-based model of 12-year-old children's subjective well-being in the United States and ten other countries

Michael J. Lawler, Lisa A. Newland, Jarod T. Giger, Soonhee Roh

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Abstract

The purpose of this study is to examine the international relevance of an ecological, relationship-based model of children's subjective well-being with samples of 12-year-old children from the United States (n = 784; Mage = 12.63, SD = .55) and 10 other countries: Algeria, Brazil, Chile, England, Israel, Romania, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, and Uganda (n = 784, Mage = 12.06, SD = .61). To measure subjective well-being, all children completed the Children 's Worlds survey, which includes individual factors, contextual factors of home and family, life and neighborhood, school, and peers, and subjective well-being measures for life satisfaction, mental health, and self-image. The strongest predictors of subjective child well-being were relationships, school, gender, and neighborhood quality. The results suggest an ecological, relationship-based model of children 's subjective well-being is relevant for studying samples of International children.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-70
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Social Research and Policy
Volume6
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 1 2015

Keywords

  • Childhood
  • Ecological context
  • International
  • Relationships
  • Well-being

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science

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