A review essay on the measurement of child well-being

Liliana Fernandes*, Américo Mendes, Aurora A. C. Teixeira

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Research on indicators related to the state of child well-being is a growing field that has experienced several changes over time. The growing supply of data on children, as well as the need to facilitate conclusions and to track trends, has led researchers to develop a number of child well-being indexes. This paper critically reviews the most recent and relevant child well-being indexes, i. e., the Index of Child and Youth Well-Being in the United States, the Child Well-being Index for the European Union, the Microdata Child Well-being Index, and the Deprivation Index. The study focuses primarily on the contributions and innovations the indexes have brought to the field, making a critical assessment of the methods used in the construction of the indexes and identifying their main limitations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)239-257
Number of pages19
JournalSocial Indicators Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2012


  • Child indicators
  • Child well-being
  • Composite indexes
  • Measurement


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