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Child Well-being in the Pacific Rim

Lau, Maggie and Bradshaw, Jonathan (2010) Child Well-being in the Pacific Rim. Child Indicators Research. pp. 367-383. ISSN 1874-8988

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Abstract

This study extends previous efforts to compare the well-being of children using multi-dimensional indicators derived from sample survey and administrative series to thirteen countries in the Pacific Rim. The framework for the analysis of child well-being is to organise 46 indicators into 21 components and organise the components into 6 domains: material situation, health, education, subjective well-being, living environment, as well as risk and safety. Overall, Japan, Singapore and Taiwan have the highest child well-being and Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines the lowest. However, there are substantial variations between the domains. Japan and Korea perform best on the material well-being of children and also do well on health and education but they have the lowest subjective well-being among their children by some margin. There is a relationship between child well-being and GDP per capita but children in China have higher well-being than you would expect given their GDP and children in Australia have lower well-being. The analysis is constrained by missing data particularly that the Health Behaviour of School-Aged Children Survey is not undertaken in any of these countries.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © Copyright Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2010. This is an author produced version of the article published. This paper has been peer-reviewed but does not include the journal pagination. The original publication is available at springerlink.com: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12187-010-9064-4
Keywords: Child well-being, Pacific Rim, Far-East, multi-dimensional index
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > Social Policy and Social Work (York)
Depositing User: R Pitman
Date Deposited: 08 Jul 2010 12:19
Last Modified: 11 Jul 2014 11:08
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12187-010-9064-4
Status: Published
Refereed: Yes
Related URLs:
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/11011

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