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Child well-being in the Pacific Rim
Child Indicators Research
  • Ka Wai, Maggie LAU, Hong Kong Institute of Education
  • Jonathan BRADSHAW, University of York, United Kingdom
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Journal article
Publication Date
Springer Netherlands
  • Child well-being,
  • Pacific Rim,
  • Far-East,
  • Multi-dimensional index

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 six 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.

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Lau, M., & Bradshaw, J. (2010). Child well-being in the Pacific Rim. Child Indicators Research, 3(3), 367-383. doi: 10.1007/s12187-010-9064-4