Studying Young People's Level of Living: The Swedish Child-LNU
2010 (English)In: Child Indicators Research, ISSN 1874-897X, Vol. 3, no 1, 47-64 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
We propose a strategy for studying the level of living of young people based on survey information from children themselves, combined with information from parents and administrative records. In this way, children become the prime informants of their own conditions, at the same time as we get reliable information on their family context, such as the household economy and parental characteristics, from other sources. We base our over-arching theoretical idea on a definition of level of living in terms of command over resources in several areas of life; resources with which children can actively shape their own lives, according to age and maturity. The focus on scope of action leads us to prefer descriptive rather than evaluative indicators. We define empirical indicators along eight broad dimensions of the level of living of young people which we use in a survey of 10–18-year-olds, the Swedish Child-LNU (n = 1,304, response rate = 76,6%), connected to the Level-of-Living Survey, LNU2000, done on adults, i.e., the children’s parents. We report descriptive results showing that the overall level of living of young people in Sweden is very high, but that children to lone parents and immigrants lag behind on some indicators. A worry for the future is the relatively high incidence of poor psychological well-being and psychosomatic problems.
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Netherlands: Springer , 2010. Vol. 3, no 1, 47-64 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-36982DOI: 10.1007/s12187-009-9060-8ISI: 000274630000004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-36982DiVA: diva2:291543