Children Wellbeing, Children Wellbeing Index, evidence-based policy, survey
The report will consist of brief results of on-line survey of children and teenagers at the age of 10-17, that was conducted as part of the Children Wellbeing Index project in 2022. In total, 132 984 teenagers from 8 regions of Russia took part in the survey. Their number is approximately 1% of all children population of Russia at that age. The absolute majority of surveyed children live with their parents in families which consist of three or more members. This feature is due to the nature of the research – this is administrative survey, the links to online questionnaire were sent through schools. Respectively this fact, our research doesn’t focus on all problems, that have children left without parental care. Instead, the research oriented to analysis of wellbeing of ordinary, normal children, whose welfare is not a matter of concern by default.
The questionnaire consists of 40 questions, divided into 6 basic domains of wellbeing: health, material wellbeing, security, education, social relations and self-realization. The main outputs of report are:
• In general, surveyed children are satisfied with their lives – 81,1% assess their overall satisfaction to 4 or 5 out of 5. However, younger children life satisfaction is lower than in older children.
• The age 13-14 years is transitional age not only in the physiological meaning, but in the emotional and material wellbeing spheres too.
• At the age of 12-14 children has more difficulties with communication both with classmates and parents. It can be assumed that these problems are of the same nature and reinforce each other.
• One of the crucial elements of children’s wellbeing is the possibility to be heard by parents and other adults. At the same time this factor affects how often do children feel lonely.