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The well-being of children in the UK$
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Jonathan Bradshaw

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781847428370

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847428370.001.0001

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Subjective well-being and mental health

Subjective well-being and mental health

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(p.89) five Subjective well-being and mental health
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The well-being of children in the UK
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Jonathan Bradshaw

Antonia Keung

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847428370.003.0005

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

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