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The Well-Being of America's Children

by Land, Kenneth C.
Authors: SpringerLink (Online service) Series: Children’s Well-Being: Indicators and Research, 1879-5196 ; . 6 Physical details: XIV, 269 p. 95 illus. online resource. ISBN: 9400740921 Subject(s): Social sciences. | Maternal and infant welfare. | Quality of Life. | Quality of Life %Research. | Developmental psychology. | Social Sciences. | Quality of Life Research. | Child and School Psychology. | Maternal and Child Health.
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Forward by Ruby Takanishi, President, Foundation for Child Development -- Acknowledgments -- About the Authors -- 1.  Introduction  - Kenneth C. Land -- 2.  Conceptual and Methodological Foundations of the Child and Youth Well-Being Index - Kenneth C. Land, Vicki L. Lamb, and Sarah Meadows -- 3.  The CWI and Its Components:  Empirical Studies and Findings - Kenneth C. Land, Vicki L. Lamb, Sarah Meadows, Hui Zheng, and Qiang Fu -- 4.  Measuring Social Disparities via the CWI:  Race-Ethnicity, Income, and Immigrant Status - Donald Hernandez, Suzanne Macartney, and Wendy Cervantes --  5.  Research on the Subjective Well-Being of Children and Youth and Its Implications for the CWI  - E. Scott Huebner, Susan Antaramian, and Ashley D. Lewis -- 6.  Issues in Composite Index Construction  - Michael Hagerty and Kenneth C. Land -- 7.  Scalability of the CWI:  State-Level Indicators and Composite Indices  - Vicki L. Lamb and William P. O’Hare -- 8.  Scalability of the CWI:  Sub-State Regional Indicators and Composite Indices - Qiang Fu, Vicki L. Lamb, and Kenneth C. Land -- 9.   Intergenerational and Cross-National Comparisons of Child and Youth Well-Being - Kenneth C. Land, Vicki L. Lamb, and Hui Zheng -- 10.  Policy Connections and Practical Implications of the CWI  - Megan A. Curran, Shadi Houshyar, and Bruce Lesley -- 11.  Conclusions and Future Directions - Kenneth C. Land.

This volume attests to the evolution of the Child Well-Being Index and asks what it promises for understanding the progress - or lack of progress - in enhancing the life prospects of all American children.   Recent research on the general problem of conceptualizing and measuring the well-being of children and young people is covered, as well as the conceptual foundations of the Child Well-Being Index and its methods of construction. Further, the authors assess the methodological issues involved in the construction of composite quality-of-life indices and the question of the extent to which the Child Well-Being Index can be scaled to apply meaningfully to levels of analysis below the national level. In the end, the questions of what this Index tells us about changes in child and youth well-being in the US across recent decades at national, state, and substate regional levels and in international comparisons, and which additional data series need to be developed so that the Index can be improved, is addressed.

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