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Journal of Children's Services

ISSN: 1746-6660

Online from: 2006

Subject Area: Health and Social Care

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Trends in child subjective well-being in the UK

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Title:Trends in child subjective well-being in the UK
Author(s):Jonathan Bradshaw, (University of York, UK), Antonia Keung, (University of York, UK)
Citation:Jonathan Bradshaw, Antonia Keung, (2011) "Trends in child subjective well-being in the UK", Journal of Children's Services, Vol. 6 Iss: 1, pp.4 - 17
Keywords:Happiness, Self-esteem, Subjective well-being, Time trends, Young people
Article type:General review
DOI:10.5042/jcs.2011.0122 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Abstract:This article exploits British Household Panel Survey data to explore trends in subjective well-being of young people aged 11-15 over the period 1994-2008. Two dimensions of subjective well-being are measured using multi-dimensional scales representing ‘happiness’ and ‘selfesteem’. This 14-year period has seen many changes in the environment of young people that may have had an impact on their well-being, including economic growth, increases in parental employment and major efforts to improve social policy for children. Has all this activity had an impact on what young people say about their lives? The evidence from this analysis suggests that there has been an improvement in the average level of happiness of 11-15 year-olds over time, especially for girls. It is impossible to draw clear conclusions about the causes of this improvement in happiness but there is some evidence that it focused on relationships with friends and happiness with school.

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