Well-being and aspirations

Child on a swing outside their house

Children’s development and well-being are multidimensional. Development in one domain (for example biological, cognitive, emotional and social) affects development in the others. Children’s well-being is shaped by both internal and external influences, such as poverty and adversity. Household-level channels (such as the availability of economic and social resources) as well as wider societal-level factors (for example economic growth or crisis or changes in government policy and programmes) are therefore central to children’s well-being.

In order to capture this complexity, we assess how household and societal-level channels shape developmental changes, such as weight and physical growth or learning, as well as children’s perceptions and subjective well-being, for example their sense of self efficacy or agency, their aspirations and hopes for the future.

By following the same group of children over time we are tracing what inequalities exist in children’s health, nutrition and well-being and how they affect their physical, social and cognitive development at different stages in the life course, as well as how children’s own actions affect their condition and circumstances.

Latest research: Well-being and aspirations

Exploring well-being among 22-year-old youth in India cover
Exploring Well-Being among 22-Year-Old Youth in India
Working paper
The role of birth order on children’s time-use and parental educational aspirations: evidence from Peru
Student paper
Psychosocial scales in the Young Lives round 4 survey cover
Psychosocial Scales in the Young Lives Round 4 Survey: Selection, Adaptation and Validation
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IZA Labor and Development
Psychosocial competencies and risky behaviours in Peru
Journal Article
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Far From the Tree: How do parents contribute to their children’s psychosocial competencies throughout childhood?
Student paper
Psychosocial Competencies and Risky Behaviours in Peru
Working paper
Education Aspirations among Young People in Peru and their Perceptions of Barriers to Higher Education
Working paper
Weighing Deprivations using Subjective Well-being cover
Weighting Deprivations using Subjective Well-being
Working paper

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