Investigating tween children's capacity to conceptualise the complex issue of wellbeing

Gillett-Swan, Jenna K. (2014) Investigating tween children's capacity to conceptualise the complex issue of wellbeing. Global Studies of Childhood, 4(2), pp. 64-76.

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Abstract

Wellbeing is an area that has gained increased global focus, particularly when considering children’s lives. With the growing focus on children’s wellbeing, it is apparent that this is an important aspect that is being considered in the policy and provision designed for children. The decision-making surrounding wellbeing provision for children typically occurs without the direct input of the children that these services are designed to benefit. With the children’s capacities being variably considered in wider society, opportunities for children to participate in decision-making on matters that affect them are often limited. The absence of children’s perspectives on matters that affect their lives, such as wellbeing, reveal that adults may be missing a key perspective when seeking to understand and cater for children’s wellbeing needs. This article outlines the results of a study that investigated how children aged 8 to 12 years o age (tweens) defined and conceptualised wellbeing. This article proposes that children can be included in the conceptualisation and development of policy and provision designed to benefit them and argues for increased presence of the voice and participation of children in wider societal initiatives.

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ID Code: 79929
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Please note: Jenna has only started with QUT this year and was with Australian Catholic University when this article was created, thank you.
Keywords: tweens, children’s capacity, child voice, UNCRC, wellbeing
DOI: 10.2304/gsch.2014.4.2.64
ISSN: 2043-6106
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > OTHER EDUCATION (139900) > Education not elsewhere classified (139999)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Children & Youth Research Centre
Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Symposium Journals Ltd
Deposited On: 09 Jan 2015 04:36
Last Modified: 11 Jan 2016 04:00

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