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Does the Realisation of Children’s Rights Determine Good Life in 8-Year-Olds’ Perspectives? A Comparison of Eight European Countries

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  • Dagmar Kutsar

    (University of Tartu)

  • Kadri Soo

    (University of Tartu)

  • Tomasz Strózik

    (Poznań University of Economics and Business)

  • Dorota Strózik

    (Poznań University of Economics and Business)

  • Brindusa Grigoraș

    (Babeş Bolyai” University Cluj-Napoca)

  • Sergiu Bălțătescu

    (University of Oradea)

Abstract

The UN Convention of the Rights of the Child forms a normative basis for the understanding and measurement of child well-being. Nevertheless, there is still the question of how far the rights are reflected in the everyday lives of children. This study is aimed at constructing a bottom-up approach to study reflections of rights in children’s perceptions of a good life. It tries to demonstrate the relationships between the indicators of subjective well-being in the rights framework (such as feeling safe, being heard and cared for and treated fairly) and the subjective perception of good life measured among eight-year old children. Three sources of well-being – family, school and friends are put in focus. The empirical basis of the paper comes from the second wave of the Children’s Worlds study. Its sub-sample of over 8000 eight-year old children from eight European countries is used. Sub-indices of rights reflections in four rights domains (protection, provision, participation and non-discrimination) and a general index of a rights reflection in children’s well-being assessments are constructed as an operational model for data analysis. The analysis revealed that provision (being cared for) and protection (feeling safe) are the leading determinants of a good life in children’s perspectives, while participation (being heard and listened to) and non-discrimination (being treated fairly) are the most diverse determinants of a good life across countries.

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  • Dagmar Kutsar & Kadri Soo & Tomasz Strózik & Dorota Strózik & Brindusa Grigoraș & Sergiu Bălțătescu, 2019. "Does the Realisation of Children’s Rights Determine Good Life in 8-Year-Olds’ Perspectives? A Comparison of Eight European Countries," Child Indicators Research, Springer;The International Society of Child Indicators (ISCI), vol. 12(1), pages 161-183, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:chinre:v:12:y:2019:i:1:d:10.1007_s12187-017-9499-y
    DOI: 10.1007/s12187-017-9499-y
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