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Social and emotional wellbeing: development of a children’s headline indicator

Posted on: 16 May, 2012
Issue: Vol 12 No 2, April 2012 – June 2012
Related to Social and emotional wellbeing Infants and young children

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2012)
Social and emotional wellbeing: development of a children’s headline indicator
Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

The Children’s Headline Indicators are a set of measures established to focus policy in 19 priority areas related to children’s health, development, and wellbeing. This paper describes the process involved in developing a Headline Indicator for the social and emotional wellbeing priority area. This developmental process entailed: defining the social and emotional wellbeing concept; reviewing the literature on social and emotional wellbeing and children’s outcomes; identifying possible indicators; and consulting key experts and stakeholders. The outcome of this process saw strong support for the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) as an appropriate instrument for measuring social and emotional wellbeing in children, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. Future work must now focus on identifying the most appropriate means of collecting data for the social and emotional wellbeing Headline Indicator due to the absence of a suitable national data source for reporting on this Indicator.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

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