Aspects of well-being
NPC's Well-being Measure covers eight aspects of the well-being
of 11-16 year olds:
- Self-esteem - A child's appraisal of his or
her own worth. It is closely linked with self-confidence, and is
important for a healthy, happy life.
- Emotional well-being - The state of a child's
mental health or extent to which a child experiences depressive
emotions, as well as worries and other stressful feelings. Low
scores are linked to anxiety and depression.
- Resilience - The capacity to cope with stress
and difficulties. It involves a positive and purposeful attitude to
life and is associated with high self-esteem and interpersonal
problem-solving skills. It is a particularly important protective
factor to foster in children, enabling them to deal better with
future negative events.
- Satisfaction with friends - The child's
satisfaction or feelings about the quality of his or her close
friendships both in and out of school.
- Satisfaction with family - The child's
satisfaction or feelings about his or her family relationships,
including the quality and quantity of time spent with parents or
carers, and how well the family gets on.
- Satisfaction with community - The child's
satisfaction or feelings about his or her local area and neighbours
or people in the community
- Satisfaction with school - The child's
satisfaction or feelings about his or her school environment,
including how enjoyable and interesting it is, and how safe it
- Life satisfaction - A global measure of a
child's overall happiness or satisfaction, based on a single
question where the child rates his or her life on a scale from 0 to
All these aspects are related to how young people feel and what
they think about their lives - what is known as 'subjective
These eights aspects were chosen after a wide-ranging review of
the literature on well-being and child psychology, and focus on
what is most important to young people's experience of the
For details on how we developed NPC's Well-being Measure you can
download our report 'Feelings
count', available on NPC's website.
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NPC's Well-being Measure