The Well-Being of America's Children: Developing and Improving the Child and Youth Well-Being Index.
Land, Kenneth C., ed.
XIV, 269 p.
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This text discusses the creation of the Foundation for Child Development (FCD) Index of Child and Youth Well-Being (CWI), explores its origins, context, and objectives, and describes methodological issues involved it the construction of composite quality-of-life indices. Specific chapters address: conceptual and methodological foundations of the CWI; components of the CWI; measuring social disparities via the CWI, including racial, income, and immigration status; perceived quality of life research on children and youth and implications for a system of national indicators; issues in composite index construction, including scalability of the CWI and State-level and substate regional indicators and composite indices; and intergenerational and cross-national comparison of child and youth well-being. Final chapters discuss policy connections and practical implications of the CWI and future directions. Federal and State policies impacting children are reviewed and the extent to which the CWI currently captures the impact of public policy is explored. Strategies for improving the connection between the CWI and public policy are then discussed and the need for improved data collection on children and youth is emphasized. Recommendations are also made for promoting child well-being in federal policy, using child impact statements to promote child well-being in State and local policy, and using the CWI as a tool for policy change. Numerous references.
Data collection; Indicators; Well being; Mental health; Needs; Resilience; Children; Adolescents