The questionnaire includes a wide range of domains, with the desire to paint as broad picture as possible of children’s well-being. This also allows us to explore whether all of these areas are suitable for children in diverse cultures.
The questionnaire comprises eight life domains and aspects of life:
• The home and the people they live with
• Money and things they have
• Relationships with friends and other people
• The area where they live
• Time management and leisure time
The questionnaire is divided into 10 parts:
• your home, and the people you live with
• money and things you have
• your friends and other people
• the area in where you live
• how you use your time
• more about you
• how you feel about yourself,
• your life and your future
» You can see the distribution for the 10 parts here
In addition, four well-known psychometric scales are used in the questionnaire, both context-free and domain-specific. The context-free scales comprise The Student Life Satisfaction Scale (SLSS, Huebner, 1991) and the one item Overall Life Satisfaction (OLS). Domain-specific scales, which are included in the questionnaire, are the Personal Well-being Index – School Children (PWI-SC, Cummins & Lau, 2005) and The Brief Multidimensional Student Life Satisfaction Scale (BMSLSS, Seligson, Huebner & Valois, 2003). A short version of the Russell‘s Core Affect scale (Russell, 2003) is also in used in the questionnaire.
» More information about the use of these scales in the questionnaire can be found here
Three types of scales – agreement, frequency and satisfaction – are used to measure each of the nine aspects of children’s lives.