Does the Realisation of Children’s Rights Determine Good Life in 8-Year-Olds’ Perspectives? A Comparison of Eight European Countries

Dagmar Kutsar , Kadri Soo , Tomasz Strózik , Dorota Strózik , Brindusa Grigoraș , Sergiu Bălțătescu


The UN Convention of the Rights of the Child forms a normative basis for the understanding and measurement of child well-being. Nevertheless, there is still the question of how far the rights are reflected in the everyday lives of children. This study is aimed at constructing a bottom-up approach to study reflections of rights in children’s perceptions of a good life. It tries to demonstrate the relationships between the indicators of subjective well-being in the rights framework (such as feeling safe, being heard and cared for and treated fairly) and the subjective perception of good life measured among eight-year old children. Three sources of well-being – family, school and friends are put in focus. The empirical basis of the paper comes from the second wave of the Children’s Worlds study. Its sub-sample of over 8000 eight-year old children from eight European countries is used. Sub-indices of rights reflections in four rights domains (protection, provision, participation and non-discrimination) and a general index of a rights reflection in children’s well-being assessments are constructed as an operational model for data analysis. The analysis revealed that provision (being cared for) and protection (feeling safe) are the leading determinants of a good life in children’s perspectives, while participation (being heard and listened to) and non-discrimination (being treated fairly) are the most diverse determinants of a good life across countries.
Author Dagmar Kutsar - University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia
Dagmar Kutsar,,
, Kadri Soo - University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia
Kadri Soo,,
, Tomasz Strózik (WT / KKG)
Tomasz Strózik,,
- Department of Business Activity
, Dorota Strózik (WE / KPiPS)
Dorota Strózik,,
- Department of Labour and Social Policy
, Brindusa Grigoraș - University Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Brindusa Grigoraș,,
, Sergiu Bălțătescu - University of Oradea, Romania
Sergiu Bălțătescu,,
Journal seriesChild Indicators Research, ISSN 1874-897X, e-ISSN 1874-8988, (N/A 100 pkt)
Issue year2019
Publication size in sheets1.1
Keywords in Englishchildren, children’s rights, subjective indicators, well-being
ASJC Classification3207 Social Psychology; 3306 Health(social science); 3312 Sociology and Political Science
Languageen angielski
Score (nominal)100
Score sourcejournalList
ScoreMinisterial score = 100.0, 06-04-2020, ArticleFromJournal
Publication indicators WoS Citations = 2; Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2018 = 0.974; WoS Impact Factor: 2017 = 1.858 (2) - 2017=1.704 (5)
Citation count*10 (2020-09-20)
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