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Components of the questionnaire

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

• School

• Health  

• Time management and leisure time

 The questionnaire is divided into 10 parts:

• you

• your home, and the people you live with

• money and things you have

• your friends and other people

• the area in where you live

• school

• 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.

The Jacobs Foundation

The project is supported by the Jacobs Foundation . The Jacobs Foundation is active worldwide in promoting child and youth development. It was founded in Zurich by entrepreneur Klaus J. Jacobs in 1989.