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The Well-Being of America's Children Developing and Improving the Child and Youth Well-Being Index by Kenneth C. Land

The Well-Being of America's Children Developing and Improving the Child and Youth Well-Being Index

Part of the Children's Well-Being: Indicators and Research Series


The Well-Being of America's Children Developing and Improving the Child and Youth Well-Being Index by Kenneth C. Land

In 1998, the Foundation for Child Development (FCD) provided Kenneth Land a grant to explore the feasibility of producing the first national composite index of the status of American children that would chart changes in their well-being over time. Important questions needed to be answered: was it possible to trace trends in child and youth well-being over several decades? Could such an index provide a way of determining whether the United States was making progress in improving its children's lives? The Index of Child and Youth Well-Being (CWI) was born from these questions. Viewing the CWI trends from 1975 to present, there is evidence that the well-being of American children lags behind other Western nations. As conditions change, it is clear that the index is an evolving and rich enterprise. This volume attests to that evolution, and what the CWI promises for understanding the progress - or lack of progress - in enhancing the life prospects of all American children.


From the reviews: Chapters are devoted to describing the construction, testing, and use of the instruments; reporting the decades-long results; and discussing how the results could, or should, be used to remedy some of the state and local discrepancies in the well-being of children. ... The book will be of particular value to policy makers but will also be of interest to those who wish to have a better understanding of the overall well-being of children and youths in this country. (David Elkind, PsycCRITIQUES, Vol. 58 (5), January, 2013)

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Publication date

18th July 2014


Kenneth C. Land

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270 pages


Social issues & processes
Child & developmental psychology
Materno-fetal medicine



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