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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14(11), 1349; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph14111349

Benefits of Multidimensional Measures of Child Well Being in China

Graduate School of Social Service, Fordham University, New York, NY 10458, USA
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Received: 30 August 2017 / Revised: 21 October 2017 / Accepted: 25 October 2017 / Published: 6 November 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Poverty and Child Well-Being)
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In recent decades, measures of child well-being have evolved from single dimension to multidimensional measures. Multi-dimensional measures deepen and broaden our understanding of child well-being and inform us of areas of neglect. Child well-being in China today is measured through proxy measures of household need. This paper discusses the evolution of child well-being measures more generally, explores the benefits of positive indicators and multiple dimensions in formulating policy, and then reviews efforts to date by the Chinese government, researchers, and non-governmental and intergovernmental organizations to develop comprehensive multidimensional measures of child well-being in China. The domains and their potential interactions, as well as data sources and availability, are presented. The authors believe that child well-being in China would benefit from the development of a multidimensional index and that there is sufficient data to develop such an index. View Full-Text
Keywords: child well-being; multidimensional well-being; multidimensional poverty; China; children; child indicators child well-being; multidimensional well-being; multidimensional poverty; China; children; child indicators
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Gatenio Gabel, S.; Zhang, Y. Benefits of Multidimensional Measures of Child Well Being in China. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14, 1349.

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