Research and analysis

Children's and young people's voices on their wellbeing

Findings from a literature search on children's and young people's understanding of their own wellbeing and what they think influences it.


Children's and young people's voices on their wellbeing


A societal and government concern with the wellbeing of children and young people has led to a need to measure the subjective wellbeing of these groups. A battery of survey measures already exist which offer measurement instruments to carry out this task. However, compared with the very extensive development and research enterprise surrounding survey measures for adults, using cognitive methods and experimental trials, development work on instruments for children and young people is much less evident.

The findings were based on data collected using qualitative methods covering a broad range of techniques commonly used with children and young people and data collected through open-ended questions in surveys.

Published 27 September 2012