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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 and Woodhead, Martin (2009). How can children tell us about their wellbeing? Exploring the potential of participatory research approaches within young lives. Social Indicators Research, 90(1) pp. 51–72.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11205-008-9312-x
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Abstract

‘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.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2008 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
ISSN: 1573-0921
Keywords: children; youth; wellbeing; qualitative methods; participatory approach; young lives
Academic Unit/Department: Education and Language Studies > Childhood, Development and Learning
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 16195
Depositing User: Colin Smith
Date Deposited: 07 May 2009 13:27
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2012 15:42
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/16195
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