Recent SSW graduates Dr. Patrice Forrester and Ursula Kahric, MSW, along with Assistant Professor Ericka M. Lewis, and Associate Professor Theda Rose published a new article that explored the influence of family, peers, and neighborhood factors on subjective well-being among urban children.
Purpose: Subjective well-being (SWB) is a significant contributor to quality of life and overall well-being in childhood through adulthood. However, less is known about the modifiable factors that support SWB among urban children. This study explored the association between socio-ecological factors (family, peers, and neighborhood) and child SWB.
Method: A convenience sample of 69 students was recruited from the 3rd (n = 40) and 5th (n = 29) grades at two urban elementary schools in a mid-Atlantic state. The average age for participants was 9.32 (SD = 1.33) and most of the sample identified as female (60.9%). We expected that better-perceived family and peer relationships, and neighborhood quality would be positively associated with higher child SWB. Regression analyses were conducted by SWB outcome, which included global and domain-specific life satisfaction (i.e., personal wellbeing), and core affect.
Results: Study findings indicated that family relationships were positively associated with overall life satisfaction and personal well-being. Neighborhood quality was also positively associated with student life satisfaction and core affect. Peer relationships were not associated with any of the SWB outcomes.
Discussion: The findings highlight the importance of strengthening a child’s relationships and environment to sustain positive child SWB.
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