Subjective well-being and mental health

Jonathan Bradshaw and Antonia Keung

in The well-being of children in the UK

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9781847428370
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304005 | DOI:
Subjective well-being and mental health

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This chapter investigates how subjective well-being is influenced by well-being in relation to different domains. It focuses on emotional and mental health. Additionally, the sources of data on children's subjective well-being are presented. The chapter then outlines the trends and prevalence of mental illness among children and young people in the UK, drawing mainly on findings from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) Mental Health of Children and Young People Survey reports for 1999, 2004 and 2007. Discussion of factors associated with the onset and persistence of mental health problems are provided. It further addresses suicide among children and young people, its prevalence in the UK and time trends in 15 European countries. There is good evidence that mental ill health is more common among children in families with lower incomes living in poverty than elsewhere. There is some very slight evidence that subjective well-being is also associated with socioeconomic status.

Keywords: subjective well-being; mental health; mental illness; children; suicide; poverty

Chapter.  6840 words.  Illustrated.

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