Child Trends is a leader in long-term efforts to conceptualize and measure positive indicators for children and adolescents. Child Trends has developed rigorous national indicators of flourishing among children and youth for inclusion in national surveys, research studies, and program evaluations. Read about our Positive Indicators Project.
Jan 2014 | Laura H. Lippman; Renee Ryberg; Mary Terzian; Kristin A. Moore; Jill Humble; Hugh McIntosh
In this chapter of the "Handbook of Child Well-Being" (starting on page 2823 of the book), the authors posit that research on positive and protective factors is essential to a balanced, comprehensive approach to the study of child and adolescent well-being. Human development encompasses both positive and negative developmental processes, and to focus solely on the negative is scientifically inappropriate.
Discusses framework for developing positive indicators of children's needs to flourish. Surveyors measured and tested life satisfaction, hope, gratitude, money management, generosity, spirituality, parent and peer relations. Results showed youth agreement on what youth need to flourish.