Child Well-being in the Pacific Rim

Ka Wai Maggie LAU, Jonathan BRADSHAW

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This study extends previous efforts to compare the well-being of children using multi-dimensional indicators derived from sample survey and administrative series to thirteen countries in the Pacific Rim. The framework for the analysis of child well-being is to organise 46 indicators into 21 components and organise the components into six domains: material situation, health, education, subjective well-being, living environment, as well as risk and safety. Overall, Japan, Singapore and Taiwan have the highest child well-being and Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines the lowest. However, there are substantial variations between the domains. Japan and Korea perform best on the material well-being of children and also do well on health and education but they have the lowest subjective well-being among their children by some margin. There is a relationship between child well-being and GDP per capita but children in China have higher well-being than you would expect given their GDP and children in Australia have lower well-being. The analysis is constrained by missing data particularly that the Health Behaviour of School-Aged Children Survey is not undertaken in any of these countries. Copyright © 2010 Springer Science+Business Media B.V..
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)367-383
JournalChild Indicators Research
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2010


Lau, M., & Bradshaw, J. (2010). Child Well-being in the Pacific Rim. Child Indicators Research, 3(3), 367-383.


  • Multi-dimensional index
  • Child well-being
  • Pacific Rim
  • Far-East


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