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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


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Subjective Well-being in Children: Measurement Tools and Age Dynamics 3125

Archakova T.O.
psychologist, charity foundation "Volunteers to help orphans", Moscow, Russia

Veraksa A.N.
Doctor of Psychology, Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Education, Professor, Head of the Department of Educational Psychology and Pedagogy, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia

Zotova O.Y.
Doctor of Psychology, Professor at General and Applied Psychology chair of Social Psychology department, Liberal Arts University-University for Humanities (Yekaterinburg), Ekaterinburg, Russia

Perelygina E.B.
Doctor of Psychology, Dean of Social Psychology department of Liberal Arts, Head of Social Psychology chair, University for Humanities (LAU), Ekaterinburg, Russia

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


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