ERIC Number: EJ813582
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Publication Date: 2009-Jan
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How Can Children Tell Us about Their Wellbeing? Exploring the Potential of Participatory Research Approaches within "Young Lives"
Crivello, Gina; Camfield, Laura; Woodhead, Martin
Social Indicators Research, v90 n1 p51-72 Jan 2009
"Wellbeing" is a key concept in the study of children's lives over time, given its potential to link the objective, subjective, and inter-subjective dimensions of their experiences in ways that are holistic, contextualized and longitudinal. For this reason wellbeing is one of the core concepts used by Young Lives, a 15-year project (2000-2015) that follows the lives of 12,000 children growing up in the context of poverty in Ethiopia, Peru, Vietnam and Andhra Pradesh (India) (see http://www.younglives.org.uk). This paper examines a selection of methods being used by Young Lives to capture aspects of child wellbeing in the context of a range of children's life experiences related to poverty, specific risks and protective processes. It draws on a review of the literature on child-focused methods and on recent experiences piloting three core qualitative methods in the four study countries. The paper reports the development of a methodology that is child-centred, but also acknowledges that every child is embedded within a network of social and economic relationships.
Descriptors: Participatory Research, Poverty, Research Methodology, Foreign Countries, Well Being, Social Indicators, Longitudinal Studies, Developing Nations, Data Collection, Risk, Children, Adolescents
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Identifiers - Location: Ethiopia; India; Peru; Vietnam