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Ecological, Relationship-Based Model of Children’s Subjective Well-Being: Perspectives of 10-Year-Old Children in the United States and 10 Other Countries

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  • Michael J. Lawler

    (University of South Dakota)

  • Lisa A. Newland

    (University of South Dakota)

  • Jarod T. Giger

    (University of Kentucky)

  • Soonhee Roh

    (University of South Dakota)

  • Barbara L. Brockevelt

    (University of South Dakota)

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to further assess the international relevance of an ecological, relationship-based model of children’s subjective well-being with samples of 10-year-old children from the United States (n = 502, M age = 10.66, SD = .55) and 10 other countries: Algeria, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Israel, Nepal, Romania, Rwanda, South Korea, and Uganda (n = 502, M age = 10.12, SD = .48). 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 children’s subjective well-being were family and peer relationships, school, and neighborhood quality. Findings support the international relevance of an ecological, relationship-based model of children’s subjective well-being.

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  • Michael J. Lawler & Lisa A. Newland & Jarod T. Giger & Soonhee Roh & Barbara L. Brockevelt, 2017. "Ecological, Relationship-Based Model of Children’s Subjective Well-Being: Perspectives of 10-Year-Old Children in the United States and 10 Other Countries," Child Indicators Research, Springer;The International Society of Child Indicators (ISCI), vol. 10(1), pages 1-18, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:chinre:v:10:y:2017:i:1:d:10.1007_s12187-016-9376-0
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