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Ferran Casas

Hope, Material Resources, and Subjective WellBeing of 8 to 12YearOld Children in Israel

Avital KayeTzadok ,Asher BenArieh & Hanita Kosher

Subjective WellBeing Decreasing With Age: New Research on Children Over 8

Ferran Casas & Mònica GonzálezCarrasco

Changes in SelfReported WellBeing: A FollowUp Study of Children Aged 12–14 in Algeria

Habib Tiliouine ,Gwyther Rees & Sahil Mokaddem

Children's Experiences of Bullying Victimization and the Influence on Their Subjective WellBeing: A Multinational Comparison

Shazly Savahl, Carme Montserrat, Ferran Casas, Sabirah Adams ,Habib Tiliouine, Elizabeth Benninger & Kyle Jackson

Multilevel Analysis of Child and Adolescent Subjective WellBeing Across 14Countries: Child and CountryLevel Predictors

Lisa A. Newland ,Jarod T. Giger,Michael J. Lawler, Soonhee Roh, Barbara L. Brockevelt & Amy Schweinle

• Children's rights and their subjective wellbeing from a multinational perspective (2018, English)
AuthorsCasas, F., GonzálezCarrasco, M., & Luna, X.

European Journal of Education, 53(3), 336-350.

• Association of allergic diseases with children’s life satisfaction: population based study in Finland (2018, English)
Authors: Leena Haanpää, Piia af Ursin, Merja Nermes, Anne Kaljonen and Erika Isolauri

BMJ Open 2018;8:e019281. doi:10.1136/ bmjopen-2017-019281

Children's subjective well-being in rural communities of South Korea and United States (2018, English)
Authors: Michael J. Lawler et al. 

Children and Youth Services Review, 85, 158-164. 

Special issue of Children and Youth Services Review

Children's well-being around the world: Findings from the Children's Worlds second wave survey

Volume 80, September 2017

Edited by Asher Ben-Arieh, Gwyther Rees and Tamar Dinisman


• A comparative view of children's subjective well-being: Findings from the second wave of the ISCWeB project

Asher Ben-Arieh, Tamar Dinisman and Gwyther Rees


• Exploring national variations in child subjective well-being

Jonathan Bradshaw and Gwyther Rees


• What accounts for the variations in children's subjective well-being across nations?: A decomposition method study

Bong Joo Lee and Min Sang Yoo


• Understanding the typologies of child subjective well-being: A cross-country comparison

Joan P. Yoo and Jaejin Ahn


Children's subjective well-being in Africa: A comparative analysis across three countries

Shazly Savahl, Habib Tiliouine, Ferran Casas, Sabirah Adams, Yehualashet Mekonen, Negussie Dejene, Elizabeth Benninger and Heidi Witten


• Urban-rural variations in children's lives and subjective well-being: A comparative analysis of four countries

Gwyther Rees, Graciela Tonon, Claudia Mikkelsen and Lía Rodriguez de la Vega


• Contextualizing subjective well-being of children in different domains: Does higher safety provide higher subjective well-being for child citizens?

Pınar Uyan-Semerci, Emre Erdoğan, Başak Akkan, Serra Müderrisoğlu and Abdullah Karatay


• Religion and subjective well-being among children: A comparison of six religion groups

Hanita Kosher and Asher Ben-Arieh


• Children's activities and time use: Variations between and within 16 countries

Gwyther Rees


• Child psychological well-being and its associations with material deprivation and type of home

Gemma Crous


• Children's subjective well-being in relation to gender — What can we learn from dissatisfied children?

Avital Kaye-Tzadok, Sun Suk Kim and Gill Main


• Family structure and family relationship from the child well-being perspective: Findings from comparative analysis

Tamar Dinisman, Sabine Andresen, Carme Montserrat, Dorota Strózik and Tomasz Strózik


• Material well-being and social exclusion association with children's subjective Well-being: Cross-national analysis of 14 countries

Daphna Gross-Manos


• Child social exclusion

Gemma Crous and Jonathan Bradshaw


Do children like school – Crowding in or out? International comparison of children's perspectives

Dagmar Kutsar and Kairi Kasearu


Comparing family, friends and satisfaction with school experience as predictors of SWB in children who have and have not made the transition to middle school in different countries

Xavier Oriol, Javier Torres, Rafael Miranda, Marian Bilbao and Harry Ortúzar


School: One world or two worlds? Children's perspectives

Ferran Casas and Mònica González


Comparing children's experiences of schools-based bullying across countries

Jonathan Bradshaw, Gemma Crous, Gwyther Rees and Nick Turner


Kinder einbeziehen: Teilhabe und Gerechtigkeit in der Kindheitsforschung (German)

Authors: Sabine Andresen and Johanna Wilmes

In: Hartwig Luise, Mennen Gerald & Schrapper Christian (Hrsg.), Kinderrechte als Fixstern moderner Pädagogik? Grundlagen, Praxis, Perspektiven . Weinheim und Basel: Beltz Juventa, S. 64-80. (2016) 

Ecological, Relationship-Based Model of 12-year-old Children’s Subjective Well-being in the United States and Ten Other Countries (English)

Authors: Lawler, M. J., Newland, L. A., Giger, J. T., & Roh, S.

Journal of Social Research & Policy, 6 (2), 57-70. 2015

The Assessment of Subjective Well-Being in Young Children: Strengths and Challenges (English)

Authors: Gonzalez-Carrasco, M., Malo, S., Casas, F., Crous, G., Baena, M., &
Navarro, D.

Journal of Social Research & Policy, 6 (2) 71-81. 2015

Algerian Children’s Perceptions of their Rights and their Self-Reported Personal and Contextual Experience (English)
Author: Tiliouine, H.

Journal of Social Research & Policy, 7 (2), 93-108. 2015

Adolescent’s Participation and their Subjective Well-Being: a Comparison between Brazil, Chile, Spain and Romania (Romanian)

Participarea adolescenţilor şi bunăstarea lor subiectivă: o comparaţie între Brazilia, Chile, Spania şi România

Authors: Grigoraș, B., Alfaro, J., Sarriera, J., Bedin, L., Sirlopu, D., Casas, F., & Bălțătescu, S.

Sociologie românească, vol. XIII (2), 5-27. 2015

Indicators of Quality of Life in Latin America (English)
Editor: Tonon Graciela

Social Indicators Research Series, 2016

This volume sheds new light on the use of quantitative, qualitative and synthetic indicators for the measurement of quality of life in different countries of Latin America. Organized in three parts, the book presents the methodology for the construction of new

• Children, adolescents and quality of life: The social science perspective over two decades (English)
Author: Ferran Casas

A life devoted to quality of life, Social Indicators Research Series 60, 2015 

• The Subjective Well-Being of School Children. The First Findings from the Children’s Worlds Study in Poland (English)
Authors: Dorota Strózik, Tomasz Strózik and Krzysztof Szwarc

Child Indicators Research, online first. 2015.  

• Editorial: Findings from the First Wave of the ISCWeB Project: International Perspectives on Child Subjective Well-Being (English)
Authors: Tamar Dinisman, Gill Main and Liliana Fernandes

Child Indicators Research, 8(1), 1-4. 2015 

• Comparing Children’s Experiences and Evaluations of Their Lives in 11 Different Countries (English)
Authors: Gwyther Rees and Tamar Dinisman

Child Indicators Research, 8(1), 1-4. 2015 

The article presents one of the first attempts to assess children’s subjective well-being in a diverse international context, drawing comparisons from eleven countries.

• What does “Good Childhood” in a Comparative Perspective Mean? An Explorative Comparison of Child Well-Being in Nepal and Germany (English)
Authors: Johanna Wilmes and Sabine Andresen

Child Indicators Research, 8(1), 1-4. 2015 

The article point out the need of sensitivity to the dominance of western ideas and concepts of childhood by comparing Nepal and Germany.

• Measures of Children’s Subjective Well-Being: Analysis of the Potential for Cross-National Comparisons (English)
Authors: Ferran Casas and Gwyther Rees

Child Indicators Research, 8(1), 1-4. 2015 

The paper examine four different multi-item measures of children’s subjective well-being, by using multi-group confirmatory factor analysis to assess the extent to which it is valid to make cross-national comparisons using these measures.

• Subjective Well-Being Measures Tested with 12-Year-Olds in Israel(English)
Authors: Daphna Gross-Manos, Edna Shimoni and Asher Ben-Arieh

Child Indicators Research, 8(1), 1-4. 2015 

The paper presents a comparative analysis of subjective well-being measures among a large sample of 12-year-old Arab and Israeli children.

• Adolescents’ Perspective on Their Participation in the Family Context and its Relationship with Their Subjective Well-Being(English)
Authors: Mònica González, Ma Eugènia Gras, Sara Malo, Dolors Navarro, Ferran Casas and Mireia Aligué

Child Indicators Research, 8(1), 1-4. 2015 

The article explores different elements of family dynamics that may contribute to adolescents’ participation in the family and its relationship with subjective well-being 

• The Effect of Critical Changes and Gender on Adolescents’ Subjective Well-Being: Comparisons Across 8 Countries(English)
Authors: Carme Montserrat, Tamar Dinisman, Sergiu Bălţătescu, Brînduşa Antonia Grigoraş and Ferran Casas

Child Indicators Research, 8(1), 1-4. 2015 

This paper explores adolescents’ subjective well-being in relation to critical changes in their lives during the last year in 8 countries. Furthermore, interactions between gender and critical changes are also examined.

• School Bullying Victimisation and Subjective Well-Being in Algeria (English)
Author: Habib Tiliouine

Child Indicators Research, 8(1), 1-4. 2015 

This study try to determine the prevalence of active and pasive bullying among 8, 10 and 12 year old Algerian school children. It also attempts to draw the profile of the victims and to assess the effects of bullying on children’s Subjective Well-being.

• Family, School, and Community Correlates of Children’s Subjective Well-being: An International Comparative Study(English)
Authors: Bong Joo Lee and Min Sang Yoo

Child Indicators Research, 8(1), 1-4. 2015 

The primary purposes of this study are twofold: to examine how family, school, and community factors are related to children’s subjective well-being; and to examine the patterns of the relationships between family, school, and community variables and children’s subjective well-being across nations.

• Predictors of Children’s Subjective Well-Being in Rural Communities of the United States(English)
Authors: Lisa A. Newland, Michael J. Lawler, Jarod T. Giger, Soonhee Roh and Eliann R. Carr

Child Indicators Research, 8(1), 1-4. 2015 

This study examined children’s subjective well-being in a rural Midwestern United States sample of children, and offers an ecological model to predict children's subjective well-being.

• Material Resources and Children’s Subjective Well-Being in Eight Countries(English)
Authors: Jorge Castellá Sarriera, Ferran Casas, Lívia Bedin, Daniel Abs, Miriam Raquel Strelhow, Daphna Gross-Manos and Jarod Giger

Child Indicators Research, 8(1), 1-4. 2015 

The objective of this research is to examine the relationship between children’s perception of their available material resources and their subjective well-being.

• Subjective Well-Being Amongst a Sample of South African Children: A Descriptive Study(English)
Authors: Shazly Savahl, Sabirah Adams, Serena Isaacs, Roseline September, Gaironeesa Hendricks and Zorina Noordien

Child Indicators Research, 8(1), 1-4. 2015 

The aim of the study is to determine the subjective well-being of children in the Western Cape region of South Africa, it also provide an analysis of how the South African context might shape levels of children’s subjective well-being.

• Subjective Well-Being and Social Policy: Can Nations Make Their Children Happier? (English)
Author: Jonathan Bradshaw

Child Indicators Research, 8(1), 1-4. 2015

The paper offers an overview of current knowledge of children’s subjective well-being in international context and makes the case for further studies such as the Children’s Worlds survey. 

• The characteristics of children's subjective well-being(English)
Authors: Tamar Dinisman and Asher Ben-Arieh

Social Indicators Research. 2015.

The article utilizes the Children's Worlds first wave data set with questionnaires from over 34,500 children from 14 different countries to explore the characteristics of children’s subjective well-being and the relations between an array of socio-demographic variables and children’s subjective well-being.

• Material deprivation and social exclusion of children: Lessons from measurement attempts among children in Israel (English)
Author: Daphna Gross-Manos

Journal of Social Policy. 2014.  

The paper sought to develop two new measures for child poverty - a material deprivation index and a social exclusion measure - using data from the first wave of ISCWeB in Israel   

• Subjective well-being for children in a rural community (English)
Authors: Lisa A. Newland, Jarod T. Giger, Michael J. Lawler, Eliann R. Carr, Emily A. Dykstra and Soonhee Roh

Journal of Social Services Research. 2014.  

The paper explore the subjective well-being of children using a range of variables (e.g. life satisfaction, mental health, and self-image). It further analyzes the predictors of well-being from a variety of domains: person, home, life, neighborhood, school and peer. 149 7th grade children from a rural Midwestern U.S. community participated in the study. 

• Subjective well-being and perceptions of safety among Jewish and Arab children in Israel (English)
Authors: Asher Ben-Arieh and Edna Shimoni
Children and Youth Services Review, 44, 100-107. 2014.

The paper explore the relationship between reported levels of safety in different settings and children's subjective well-being, in a sample of 2238 children aged 10 and 12 with varying sociodemographic characteristics. 

• Children’s Subjective Well-Being Measured Using a Composite Index: What Impacts Spanish First-Year Secondary  Education Students’ Subjective Well-Being? (English)
Authors: Ferran Casas, Armando Bello, Mònica González and Mireia Aligué
Child Indicators Research, 6 (3), 433-460. 2013. 
This paper presents data from a representative Spanish sample of children (N=5934) in the first year of compulsory secondary education. A composite synthetic Index, the GICSWB (General Index of Children’s Subjective Well Being), was calculated and the results show different situations and perceptions in children’s lives that are related to significantly lower subjective well-being.

• Personal well-being among Spanish adolescents (English)

Authors: Ferran Casas, Armando Bello, Monica Gonzales and Mireia Aligue
Journal of Social Research and Policy, 3 (2), 19–45. 2012. 

The aims of this article are twofold: (a) to validate an adaptation of the PWI for Spanish adolescents of around 12-years-old, and (b) to identify variables which show significant differences in children's subjective well-being, using the adapted PWI, when dichotomically comparing groups or categories of children. 

 • The subjective well-being of Spanish adolescents: Variations according to different living arrangements (English)

Authors: Tamar Dinisman, Carme Montserrat and Ferran Casas
Children and Youth Services Review, 34 (12), 2374–2380. 2012. 

The purpose of this study is to explore differences in SWB between young adolescents in care and in two other living arrangements (i.e. ‘living in care’, ‘living in single parent families’, and ‘living in two-parent families’). The results are discussed with relation to stability in the adolescents' lives in the past year.

The well-being of children aged 12-14 in Cluj County. A pilot study

Authors: Brindusa-Antonia Grigoras, Sergiu Baltatescu and Maria Roth.
Revista Asistenta Sociala XI(2),147–161. 2012
This article describes the backgroung, the method and reports some findings of a pilot study on 200 children aged 12 to 14 years old from Cluj County.


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