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released: 10 Apr 2012 author: AIHW

A child's social and emotional wellbeing is integral to their overall health, development and wellbeing. Children with high levels of social and emotional wellbeing are more likely to successfully negotiate physical, intellectual and social challenges during childhood and adolescence. This report describes the process of developing a Children's Headline Indicator to measure social and emotional wellbeing. It presents research evidence on the links between social and emotional wellbeing and children's health, development and wellbeing outcomes; assesses potential indicators and data sources; and recommends an indicator of social and emotional wellbeing for Australian children.

ISBN 978-1-74249-287-2; Cat. no. PHE 158; 77pp.; Internet only


Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Title and verso pages
    • Contents
    • Acknowledgments
    • Abbreviations
    • Summary
      • Identifying and defining a Headline Indicator
      • Next steps
  • Body section
    • 1 Introduction
      • Background
      • Process of identifying a Headline Indicator
      • Structure of this information paper
    • 2 Policy context
      • COAG reform agenda
      • Family Support Program
      • Other Commonwealth initiatives
    • 3 Definition and conceptualisation
      • Defining social and emotional wellbeing
      • Conceptualising social and emotional wellbeing
    • 4 Social and emotional wellbeing and children’s outcomes
      • Individual internal and relational characteristics
      • Environments in which children develop
    • 5 Potential indicators for social and emotional wellbeing
      • From concepts to indicators
      • Selecting a single indicator
      • Potential indicators and measurement tools
    • 6 Identifying and defining a Headline Indicator
      • Self-report data items
      • ACER Social and Emotional Wellbeing Survey
      • Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire
      • Discussion and recommendations
      • Data collection issues
  • End matter
    • Appendixes
      • Appendix A: Process to identify a Headline Indicator
      • Appendix B: Headline Indicator Data Development Expert Working Group
      • Appendix C: Social and Emotional Wellbeing Workshop participants
      • Appendix D: Headline Indicators for children’s health, development and wellbeing
      • Appendix E: Additional information on selected surveys and screening tools
    • References
    • List of tables
    • List of figures

Recommended citation

AIHW 2012. Social and emotional wellbeing: development of a children's headline indicator. Cat. no. PHE 158. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 26 July 2017 <http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=10737421524>.

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