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Ecological, Relationship-Based Model of 12-year-old Children’s Subjective Well-being in the United States and Ten Other Countries

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Michael J. Lawler[1]Lisa A. Newland, Jarod T. Giger &Soonhee Roh

Journal of Social Research & Policy
Volume: 6, Issue: 2
, Online First
Date: December 2015
ISSN: 2067-2640 (print), 2068-9861 (electronic)

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.

 Keywords: Childhood; Well-Being; Ecological Context; Relationships; International.

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