Towards an Index of Child Well-Being

Langmeyer-Tornier, Alexandra/Gerleigner, Susanne
Towards an Index of Child Well-Being. Prag "Conference." 28.08.2015
Since the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child committed themselves to create a world in which “all children get the best start in life” by promoting “the psychological, social, emotional, cognitive and cultural development of children” (UN, 2002, p. 5) the term “Child Well-Being” becomes more and more popular. While it is widely acknowledged, that child well-being is a multidimensional concept, which includes objective factors (e.g. physical health) and subjective factors (e.g. how children experience their lives) (Axford, Jodrell, & Hobbs, 2014; Ben-Arieh & Frønes, 2007; OECD, 2009), there is a broad range of perspectives on different dimensions, which have to be considered for child well-being. Furthermore, studies often focus on only one aspect of child well-being or analyse a number of dimensions, separately from one another. Using data from the representative survey “Growing up in Germany II” (AID:A II, 2013/2014), we intend to create an index of child well-being, which includes physical, psychological, social, cognitive and educational well-being as well as socio-economic factors. In AID:A II, children from the age of 9 to 18 answered a children’s questionnaire (N = 3.500) by themselves, added by information about the socio-economic situation and the household composition, provided by one parent (mainly the mother) living with the child. We assume the included aspects do all have impact on child well-being, but in a different amount.