Special Issue on: “Children’s Subjective Well-being”
Guest editors: Mònica González & Sara Malo (University of Girona, Spain)The Journal of Social Research & Policy invites original paper submissions for a special issue on “Children’s Subjective Well-Being”, to bring together papers exploring the results of the Children’s Worlds project, theInternational Survey of Children’s Well-Being (ISCIWeB) in different regions of the world and with children and adolescents of different ages.
The ISCWeB is a worldwide research survey on children’s subjective well-being (http://www.isciweb.org/). The study aims to collect solid and representative data on children’s lives and daily activities, their time use and in particular on their own perceptions and evaluations of their well-being through a self-administered questionnaire which is filled by the children. The purpose is to improve children's well-being by creating awareness among children, their parents and their communities, but also among opinion leaders, decision makers, professionals and the general public.
Due to considerable differences between children of different ages, the basic questionnaire was adapted for three age groups - 8 years old, 10 years old and 12 years old- and thus there are three versions of the questionnaire, one for each age group. The ISCWeB includes also an adaptation of different psychometric scales such as the Student Life Satisfaction Scale (SLSS), the Brief Multidimensional Student Life Satisfaction Scale (BMSLSS) and the Personal WellBeing Index- School version (PWI-SC).
Additional items included on satisfaction with different life domains allow the calculation of a General Domain Satisfaction Index. The new quantitative measurement adopted will help to increase scientific knowledge on children’s subjective well-being through the identification of factors that contribute to their well-being worldwide and others that are country-specific.
In this special issue we encourage researchers that have been involved with collecting and analyzing data under the Children’s Worlds project framework in different countries and regions of the world to report data and/or methodological analyses on issues such as (but not limited to):
· validity, reliability and factorial structure of the SLSS, BMSLSS and the PWI-SC;
· cognitive and affective dimensions of subjective wellbeing;
· psychological and socio-demographical correlates of wellbeing;
· children’s well-being in regional and national contexts;
· inter-country comparisons of well-being ;
· well-being in different age groups (children of different ages and adolescents);
· public policy implication of well-being scores.
They will allow our readers to know the results of the ISCWeB and to promote debates on innovate and participatory practices in research focused on children and policy-making aimed to improve their s well-being.
All submissions will be peer reviewed. For guidelines on manuscript preparation and submission, please visit the journal website (www.jsrp.ro). Please address any inquiries to Mònica González: firstname.lastname@example.org or Sara Malo:email@example.com
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 15th September 2014
Anna Maria Zawadzka & Magdalena Żemojtel-Piotrowska
Introduction to the Special Issue: “Between Wealth and Well-Being: Consumption, Psychology and Quality of Life”
The Duality of Wealth: Is Material Wealth Good or Bad for Well-being?
Dan Weijers & Aaron Jarden
The Science of Happiness for Policymakers: An Overview
Anna Maria Zawadzka, Anna Strużyńska-Kujałowicz & Magdalena Zawisza
The Effects of Power on Financial Aspirations and Expenditures in Poland and the UK
Ralph L. Piedmont, Teresa A. Wilkins & John Hollowitz
The Relevance of Spiritual Transcendence in a Consumer Economy: The Dollars and Sense of It
Magdalena Żemojtel-Piotrowska, Tomasz Baran, Amanda Clinton, Jarosław Piotrowski, Sergiu Bălţătescu & Alain Van Hiel
Materialism, Subjective Well-being, and Entitlement
Psychological Well-being during Unemployment. A Longitudinal Study
Lonnie Golden, Julia R. Henly & Susan Lambert
Work Schedule Flexibility: A Contributor to Happiness?
How Deep Should the European Union Be? A Multilevel Test of the Impact of Personal Utility, Perceived National Opportunity and Political Attitudes on the Support for EU Integration