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Books & Special Issues

Special issue of Child Development: Children’s Subjective Well- Being

Volume 90, Issue 2, March/April 2019

All articles are available for early view!

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

Social Indicators Research Series: Indicators of Quality of Life in Latin America
Editor: Tonon Graciela , 2016


Book Chapters


Borualogo, I. S. & Casas, F. (2019). Adaptation and Validation of The Children’s Worlds Subjective Well-Being Scale (CW-SWBS) in Indonesia. Jurnal Psikologi, 46(2), 102-116.‏

Borualogo, I. S., Gumilang, E., Mubarak, A., Khasanah, A. N., Wardati, M. A., Diantina, F. P., Permataputri, I. & Casas, F. (2019). Process of Translation of the Children’s Worlds Subjective Well-Being Scale in Indonesia. In Social and Humaniora Research Symposium (SoRes 2018). Atlantis Press.‏

Bradshaw, J. & Rees, G. (2018). Children’s Worlds in Europe. Improving the Quality of Childhood in Europe , 7, 163-178.

Montserrat, C., Casas, F., & Llosada-Gistau, J. (2019). The importance of school from an international perspective: what do children in general and children in vulnerable situations say? In P. Mcnamara, C. Montserrat & S. Wise (Eds.). Education in Out-of-Home Care. International Perspectives on Policy, Practice and Research Springer International publishing.

Rees, G. (2019). Children’s feelings of safety and their subjective well-being. In D. Kutsar & K. Raid (Eds.) Children’s Subjective Well-Being in Local and International Perspectives. Tartu, Estonia: Statistics Estonia.


Tonon, G. (2018) Opinions, Life Experiences, and Definitions of Children, Young People, and University Students from the Province of Buenos Aires. En Sue Kenny, Brian McGrath and  Rhonda Phillips , (Editors) The Routledge Handbook of Community Development. London, United Kingdom, Routledge . Taylor and Francis. ISBN10 1138940763 . ISBN13 9781138940765. Cap. 18.


Bălțătescu, S., Bacter, C., Bernáth, C. & Pásztor, R. (2017). The Well‐being of Children from Bihor County. Quantitative Research. In K. Bernáth (Ed.), Indicatori ai bunăstării copiilor din Județul Bihor / A gyermek-jóllét indikátorai Bihar megyében / Indicators of Well-being of Children in Bihor (pp. 183-212(. Cluj-Napoca: Presa Universitară Clujeană.

Guzmán, J., Varela, J. J., Benavente, M., & Sirlopú, D. (2017). Sociodemographic profile of children’s well-being in Chile. In Psychosocial Well-being of Children and Adolescents in Latin America (pp. 109-128). Springer, Cham.‏




Gross-Manos, D., & Shimoni, E. (2020). Where you live matters: Correlation of child subjective well-being to rural, urban, and peripheral livingJournal of Rural Studies76, 120-130.

Sauerwein, M. N. & Rees, G. (2020). How children spend their out-of-school time – A comparative view across 14 countriesChildren and Youth Services Review, 112. 


Bradshaw, J. (2019) Exploring the case for the study of child subjective well-being, Revue des Politiques Sociales et Familiales. (forthcoming)

Borualogo, I.S., Casas, F., et al. (2019). Process of Translation of The Children’s Worlds Subjective Well-Being Scale in IndonesiaAdvances in Social Science, Education and Humanities Research, 307, 180-183.

González-Carrasco, M., Casas, F., Ben-Arieh, A., Savahl, S., & Tiliouine, H. (2019)Children’s Perspectives and Evaluations of Safety in Diverse Settings and Their Subjective Well-Being: A Multi-National ApproachApplied Research in Quality of Life, 14, 2, 309-334. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11482-018-9594-3

González-Carrasco, M., Casas, F., Viñas, F., Malo, S., & Crous, G. (2019). The interplay between school and home location and its relationship with children’s subjective well-being. Children’s Geographies. Advanced online publicationhttps://doi.org/10.1080/14733285.2019.1635993

Guzmán, J., Alfaro, J., & Varela, J. J. (2019). Sense of Community and Life Satisfaction in Chilean AdolescentsApplied Research in Quality of Life14(3), 589-601.

Main, G., Montserrat, C., Andresen, S., Bradshaw, J. & Lee, B. J. (2019). Inequality, material well-being, and subjective well-being: Exploring associations for children across 15 diverse countriesChildren and Youth Services Review, 97, 3-13.

Tonon, G., Laurito M.J y Benatuil, D. (2019Leisure, Free time and Well-being of 10 years old Children Living in Buenos Aires Province, ArgentinaApplied Research in Quality of Life, Springer. Volume 14, Issue 3, pp 637–658.   https://doi.org/10.1007/s11482-018-9612-5

Varela, J. J., Alfaro, J., Melipillán, R., Gómez, D. O., & González-Carrasco, M. (2019). Perceptions of Safety, Satisfaction with Neighborhood and Life Satisfaction Among Chilean Adolescents. Child Indicators Research, 1-14.‏

Varela, J. J., Guzmán, J., Alfaro, J., & Reyes, F. (2019). Bullying, cyberbullying, student life satisfaction and the community of Chilean adolescentsApplied Research in Quality of Life14(3), 705-720.‏

Varela, J. J., Savahl, S., Adams, S., & Reyes, F. (2019). Examining the relationship among bullying, school climate and adolescent well-being in Chile and South Africa: a cross cultural comparison. Child Indicators Research, 1-20.‏‏

Varela, J. J., Sirlopú, D., Melipillán, R., Espelage, D., Green, J., & Guzmán, J. (2019). Exploring the Influence School Climate on the Relationship between School Violence and Adolescent Subjective Well-Being. Child Indicators Research, 1-16.‏


Varela, J., Guzmán, J., Alfaro, J., & Reyes, F. (2018) Bullying, Cyberbullying, Student Life Satisfaction and the Community of Chilean Adolescents. Applied Research in Quality of Life, 1-16.

Casas, F., González‐Carrasco, M., & Luna, X. (2018). Children’s rights and their subjective well‐being from a multinational perspectiveEuropean Journal of Education, 53(3), 336-350.‏

Haanpää, L., Ursin, P., Nermes, M., Kaljonen, A. & Isolauri, E. (2018). Association of allergic diseases with children’s life satisfaction: population based study in Finland. BMJ Open 2018;8:e019281. doi:10.1136/ bmjopen-2017-019281

Lawler, M.J. et al. (2018). Children’s subjective well-being in rural communities of South Korea and United StatesChildren and Youth Services Review, 85, 158-164. 

Rees, G. (2018). Children’s Leisure Activities and Subjective Well-Being: A Comparative Analysis of 16 Countries. In L. Rodriguez de la Vega & W. Toscano (Eds.), Handbook of Leisure, Physical Activity, Sports, Recreation and Quality of Life (pp. 31–49). Cham, Switzerland: Springer.

Varela, J. J., Zimmerman, M. A., Ryan, A. M., Stoddard, S. A., Heinze, J. E., & Alfaro, J. (2018). Life satisfaction, school satisfaction, and school violence: A mediation analysis for Chilean adolescent victims and perpetrators. Child Indicators Research11(2), 487-505.‏


Ben-Arieh, A., Dinisman, T., & Rees, G. (2017). A comparative view of children’s subjective well-being: Findings from the second wave of the ISCWeB project.‏

Bradshaw, J., Crous, G., Rees, G., & Turner, N. (2017). Comparing children’s experiences of schools-based bullying across countriesChildren and Youth Services Review80, 171-180.‏ 

Bradshaw, J., & Rees, G. (2017). Exploring national variations in child subjective well-being. Children and youth services review80, 3-14.‏

Casas, F. (2017). Analysing the comparability of 3 multi-item subjective well-being psychometric scales among 15 countries using samples of 10 and 12-year-olds. Child Indicators Research, 10(2), 297-330. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12187-015-9360-0

Casas, F., & González, M. (2017). School: One world or two worlds? Children’s perspectives. Children and Youth Services Review80, 157-170.‏

Crous, G. (2017). Child psychological well-being and its associations with material deprivation and type of home. Children and Youth Services Review80, 88-95.‏

Crous, G., & Bradshaw, J. (2017). Child social exclusionChildren and Youth Services Review80, 129-139.‏

Dinisman, T., Andresen, S., Montserrat, C., Strózik, D., & Strózik, T. (2017). Family structure and family relationship from the child well-being perspective: Findings from comparative analysis. Children and Youth Services Review80, 105-115.‏

Gross-Manos, D. (2017). Material well-being and social exclusion association with children’s subjective Well-being: Cross-national analysis of 14 countriesChildren and Youth Services Review80, 116-128.‏

Kaye-Tzadok, A., Kim, S. S., & Main, G. (2017). Children’s subjective well-being in relation to gender—What can we learn from dissatisfied children?. Children and Youth Services Review80, 96-104.‏

Kosher, H., & Ben-Arieh, A. (2017). Religion and subjective well-being among children: A comparison of six religion groupsChildren and youth services review80, 63-77.‏

Kutsar, D., & Kasearu, K. (2017). Do children like school–Crowding in or out? International comparison of children’s perspectivesChildren and Youth Services Review80, 140-148.‏

Lee, B. J., & Yoo, M. S. (2017). What accounts for the variations in children’s subjective well-being across nations?: A decomposition method studyChildren and Youth Services Review80, 15-21.‏

Oriol, X., Torres, J., Miranda, R., Bilbao, M., & Ortúzar, H. (2017). 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. Children and Youth Services Review80, 149-156.‏

Oyarzún, D., Casas, F., Alfaro, J., & Ascorra, P. (2017). School and neighborhood: Influences of subjective well-being in Chilean children. In J. Sarriera & L. Bedin (Eds.), Psychosocial Well-being of Children and Adolescents in Latin America. Springer International Publishing.

Rees, G. (2017). Children’s activities and time use: Variations between and within 16 countries. Children and Youth Services Review80, 78-87.‏

Rees, G. (2017) Children’s daily activities: Age variations between 8 and 12 years old across 16 countriesJournal of International and Comparative Social Policy. Online first doi: 10.1080/21699763.2017.1307778

Rees, G., Tonon, G., Mikkelsen, C., & de la Vega, L. R. (2017). Urban-rural variations in children’s lives and subjective well-being: A comparative analysis of four countriesChildren and Youth Services Review80, 41-51.‏

Savahl, S., Tiliouine, H., Casas, F., Adams, S., Mekonen, Y., Dejene, N, Benninger, E. & Witten, H. (2017). Children’s subjective well-being in Africa: A comparative analysis across three countriesChildren and Youth Services Review80, 31-40.‏

Uyan-Semerci, P., Erdoğan, E., Akkan, B., Müderrisoğlu, S., & Karatay, A. (2017). Contextualizing subjective well-being of children in different domains: Does higher safety provide higher subjective well-being for child citizens?. Children and Youth Services Review80, 52-62.‏

Yoo, J. P., & Ahn, J. (2017). Understanding the typologies of child subjective well-being: A cross-country comparisonChildren and Youth Services Review80, 22-30.‏


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

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.

Non English Publications


Tonon, G. (2019) (comp.) CONOCER LA VIDA DE NIÑOS Y NIÑAS DESDE LAS PALABRAS DE SUS PROTAGONISTAS. Llavallol. Universidad Nacional de Lomas de Zamora.


Borualogo, I. S., & Gumilang, E. (2019). Kasus Perundungan Anak di Jawa Barat: Temuan Awal Children’s Worlds Survey di Indonesia. Psympathic: Jurnal Ilmiah Psikologi, 6(1), 15-30.‏


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) 


Bălțătescu, Sergiu, & Bacter, Claudia (2016). Bunăstarea văzută prin ochii copiilor români: rezultatele studiului internaţional “Lumea copiilor” (ISCWeB) [Well-being through the eyes of the children. Results of the international study Children’s Worlds ISCWeb],  Cluj-Napoca: Presa Universitară Clujeană. http://editura.ubbcluj.ro/www/ro/ebook.php?id=1978

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

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