Child well-being in the Pacific Rim

Ka Wai, Maggie LAU, Jonathan BRADSHAW

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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 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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)367-383
Number of pages17
JournalChild Indicators Research
Volume3
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2010
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Child well-being
  • Far-East
  • Multi-dimensional index
  • Pacific Rim

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LAU, Ka Wai, Maggie ; BRADSHAW, Jonathan. / Child well-being in the Pacific Rim. In: Child Indicators Research. 2010 ; Vol. 3, No. 3. pp. 367-383.
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