A compendium of factsheets: wellbeing across the lifecourse: developing well – 6-11 years

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Great Britain. Department of Health
Department of Health
Date of publication
6 February 2014
Children and Young People, Health Services, Social Policy
Social welfare
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These factsheets give a flavour of some of the important issues and relationships between wellbeing and health throughout someone’s life. For health professionals, understanding the different parts of personal wellbeing may offer insights into how their own work fits into a wider context and how what they do can influence wellbeing. The evidence is largely from published, peer reviewed documents and each factsheet provides references for readers wishing to follow up the literature in more detail. The documents have all been peer reviewed by independent experts.

The key facts of this factsheet are: children and parent reports of child wellbeing share some common predictors but differ on important points; health and poverty indicators predict parent ratings of their child’s wellbeing, but not the child’s own ratings; children’s ratings of their wellbeing appear to be most strongly influenced by relationships, with family members and with their peers; and children’s diet appears to have no link with wellbeing, but physical activity and screen time have some positive associations.

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