Subjective well-being in socially vulnerable children and adolescents

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Author list: Koller S, Poletto M
Publisher: SpringerOpen (part of Springer Nature)
Publication year: 2011
Volume number: 24
Issue number: 3
Start page: 476
End page: 484
Number of pages: 9
ISSN: 0102-7972
Languages: English-Great Britain (EN-GB)


Subjective well-being has been defined as an association among positive affect, negative affect, and life satisfaction. This study aimed to investigate the subjective well-being of children and adolescents attending school and living with their families as compared to those living in youth offenders institutions. Two hundred ninety-seven children and adolescents in situations of social vulnerability aged between seven and sixteen years old (M = 11.22 years, SD = 2.13), 155 male (52.2%) and 142 female (47.8%) participated in the study. The instruments were a structured interview, a positive and negative affect scale, and a multidimensional life satisfaction scale. The results confirmed that institutionalized children/adolescents experienced more negative affect regarding development contexts. However, institutionalized children/ adolescents did not differ from those living with their families in terms of life satisfaction and positive affect.


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