A cross-cultural exploration of children’s perceptions of wellbeing: Understanding protective and risk factors

Klara Sabolova, Nicola Birdsey, Ian Stuart-Hamilton, Alecia Cousins

Allbwn ymchwil: Cyfraniad at gyfnodolynErthygladolygiad gan gymheiriaid

16 Wedi eu Llwytho i Lawr (Pure)

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There is a growing body of literature on children’s wellbeing. However, historically, focus has been on adults’ perspectives, leading to adult-centric views of wellbeing. Although recent years have witnessed an increase in researchers eliciting children’s perspectives, it is not clear whether children's perceptions of wellbeing are universal, or whether they are culturally distinct. This study sought to explore children’s perceptions of wellbeing across Wales and the Czech Republic. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 53 children aged 9–12 years and analysed via thematic analysis. The results revealed similarities in the perceptions of children in Wales and Czech Republic, with children in both cultures drawing on risk and protective factors that children believe impacts on their wellbeing. Risk factors include disrupted family relationships, peer difficulties, and anxiety, while protective factors include positive parent-child relationships, meaningful friendships, and effective coping strategies. This paper suggests that warm parent-child and child-peer interactions contribute to children’s positive socioemotional functioning.
Iaith wreiddiolSaesneg
Rhif yr erthygl104771
Nifer y tudalennau10
CyfnodolynChildren and Youth Services Review
Cyfrol110
Dyddiad ar-lein cynnar17 Ion 2020
Dynodwyr Gwrthrych Digidol (DOIs)
StatwsCyhoeddwyd - 1 Maw 2020

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