Indicators and Indices of Child Well-being: A Brief American History

Research BriefAug 1 2007

Traces the history of indicators and indices of child well-being from its origins in the social indicator movement of the 1970s through recent developments in the field. important aspects of child well-being indicator development are uncovered through documenting its history, including the need to focus on subjective as well as objective measures of well-being, and the need to develop indicators for the multiple ecological contexts of children’s lives, but to separate measures of context from measures of child outcomes.