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Social Sciences - Wellbeing & Quality-of-Life | Well-Being, Resilience and Quality of Life from Children’s Perspectives - A Contextualized Approach

Well-Being, Resilience and Quality of Life from Children’s Perspectives

A Contextualized Approach

Exenberger, Silvia, Juen, Barbara

2014, X, 71 p. 3 illus.

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  • Covers an important issue and offers an innovative view on child well-being
  • Makes clear how a disaster like the Tsunami in 2004 poses completely different questions
  • Shows that concepts such as resilience, well-being and quality of life can only be understood against the social and ecological context of the children and caregivers concerned

This book explores the broad view on child well-being and the quality of life research. It starts with a discussion of the origin of the social indicator movement and a review of literature on the concepts of quality of life, (subjective) well-being and resilience. It then discusses the force of culture on child development, and shows how two prototypical environments favor either the independent or interdependent self-model. After an exploration of the shifts and changes in the child well-being indicator movement and trends of child well-being measurements, the book turns to research on Tsunami-affected children.  The first part of the study gives these children and their caregivers a voice, formulating in their words what constitutes child well-being for them in the given circumstances. The concepts provided are processed in detail, contrasted, and then made into indicators. The second part of the study describes the introduction of a child well-being index based on these indicators. The book ends with four main conclusions reflected in a theoretical model of contextualized child well-being indicators.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Caregivers’ Perspectives - Child Well-Being Against the Background of Culture - Child Well-Being Index - Child Well-Being Indices from Children’s Points of View - Children’s Perspectives - Contextualized Child Well-Being Indicators - Culture and Child Well-Being - Evidence-based National Composite Well-Being Indices - Grounded Theory - Indian Ocean Tsunami Disaster - Origin of the Social Indicator Movement - Rural Subsistence-based Environment - Theoretical Model Towards Child Well-Being - Trends on Child Well-Being Measurements - Urban Western Environment - Well-Being, Quality of Life and Resilience

Related subjects » Child & School Psychology - Community Psychology - Public Health - Wellbeing & Quality-of-Life

Table of contents 

Introduction.- Chapter 1: Social Indicators and the Concepts of Quality of Life, Subjective Well-Being and Resilience.- Chapter 2: Culture and Child Well-Being.- Chapter 3: Child Well-Being.- Chapter 4: Development of Child Well-Being Indicators Four Years after the Tsunami Disaster.- Chapter 5: Children’s Voices on Their Well-Being: A Child Well-Being Index.- Conclusions.- References.

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