Children’s Well-Being: Indicators and Research

The Well-Being of America's Children

Developing and Improving the Child and Youth Well-Being Index

Editors: Land, Kenneth C. (Ed.)

  • Improves the understanding of how the well-being of American's children can be measured and improved  
  • The first book of its kind to address the issue of developing and Improving the Child and Youth Well-Being Index  
  • Includes a systematic description and presentation of a unified approach to these topics  ​
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About this book

In 1998, the Foundation for Child Development (FCD) provided Kenneth Land a grant to explore the feasibility of producing the first national composite index of the status of American children that would chart changes in their well-being over time. Important questions needed to be answered: was it possible to trace trends in child and youth well-being over several decades?  Could such an index provide a way of determining whether the United States was making progress in improving its children’s lives? The Index of Child and Youth Well-Being (CWI) was born from these questions.   Viewing the CWI trends from 1975 to present, there is evidence that the well-being of American children lags behind other Western nations. As conditions change, it is clear that the index is an evolving and rich enterprise. This volume attests to that evolution, and what the CWI promises for understanding the progress – or lack of progress – in enhancing the life prospects of all American children.  ​

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From the reviews:

“Chapters are devoted to describing the construction, testing, and use of the instruments; reporting the decades-long results; and discussing how the results could, or should, be used to remedy some of the state and local discrepancies in the well-being of children. … The book will be of particular value to policy makers but will also be of interest to those who wish to have a better understanding of the overall well-being of children and youths in this country.” (David Elkind, PsycCRITIQUES, Vol. 58 (5), January, 2013)


Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Land, Kenneth C.

    Pages 1-12

  • Conceptual and Methodological Foundations of the Child and Youth Well-Being Index

    Land, Kenneth C. (et al.)

    Pages 13-27

  • The CWI and Its Components: Empirical Studies and Findings

    Land, Kenneth C. (et al.)

    Pages 29-75

  • Measuring Social Disparities via the CWI: Race-Ethnicity, Income, and Immigrant Status

    Hernandez, Donald J. (et al.)

    Pages 77-120

  • Perceived Quality of Life Research on Children and Youth: Implications for a System of National Indicators

    Huebner, E. Scott (et al.)

    Pages 121-141

Buy this book

eBook $139.00
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  • ISBN 978-94-007-4092-1
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $179.00
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  • ISBN 978-94-007-4091-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $179.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-94-017-8159-6
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Well-Being of America's Children
Book Subtitle
Developing and Improving the Child and Youth Well-Being Index
Editors
  • Kenneth C. Land
Series Title
Children’s Well-Being: Indicators and Research
Series Volume
6
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-4092-1
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-4092-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-4091-4
Softcover ISBN
978-94-017-8159-6
Series ISSN
1879-5196
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 270
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