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Psychological Science and Education

Publisher: Moscow State University of Psychology and Education

ISSN (printed version): 1814-2052

ISSN (online): 2311-7273

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17759/pse

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Subjective Well-being in Children: Measurement Tools and Age Dynamics

Archakova T.O., psychologist, charity foundation "Volunteers to help orphans", Moscow, Russia, archakova@hotbox.ru
Veraksa A.N., Ph.D. in Psychology, Professor, Faculty of Psychology, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia, veraksa@yandex.ru
Zotova O.Y., Doctor in Psychology, Professor at General and Applied Psychology chair of Social Psychology department, Liberal Arts University-University for Humanities (Yekaterinburg), Ekaterinburg, Russia, oiambusheva@mail.ru
Perelygina E.B., Doctor in Psychology, Dean of Social Psychology department of Liberal Arts, Head of Social Psychology chair, University for Humanities (LAU), Ekaterinburg, Russia, elena_sutkina@mail.ru
Abstract
This review article deals with the methods for measurement of subjective well-being in children and adolescents. The first part of the review presents an outlook of several psychometric instruments that demonstrate various approaches to measuring subjective well-being: multidimensional and one-dimensional multiple-item scales as well as single item scales. The examples of techniques for establishing validity of developing instruments are provided. The experience of adaptation of psychometric instruments for measuring well-being to use them in younger samples is discussed. The article also highlights the discrepancies between parents’ and children’s own evaluations of children’s well-being that are documented with the use of several instruments. The second part of the review deals with the issues of subjective well-being dynamics that should be captured by psychometric instruments. The hypotheses of stability of subjective well-being levels (the notions of “homeostatically protected mood” and “well-being set point”) are discussed and contrasted to the results of empirical research of changes in normative levels of subjective well-being from preschool age to adolescence.

Keywords: subjective well-being, quality of life, stages of childhood, consistency of parents’ and children’s evaluations subjective well-being, quality of life, stages of childhood, consistency of parents’ and children’s evaluations

Column: Developmental Psychology

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17759/pse.2017220606

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