Wednesday, February 21, 2007

The Unicef study on child well-being

Last week Unicef published a study of childhood across 21 of the world's industrialised countries (the OECD countries). "An Overview of Child Well-being in Rich Countries" was based on the analysis of forty indicators pertaining to the years 2000-2003 which were grouped into six different dimensions: material well-being, health and safety, education, peer and family relationships, behaviours and risks, and young people’s own subjective sense of well-being.
The league table obtained from the average of all these indicators show the UK to be the worst country in the OECD to be a child in!
These findings were met by the British with shock and strong reactions, as reported in this BBC news piece, this article in the Guardian. and this comment in the Observer. After all New Labour has been in power since 1997... Yet another headache for Gordon Brown.

CHILD WELL-BEING TABLE (Overall assessment)

1. Netherlands
2. Sweden
3. Denmark
4. Finland
5. Spain
6. Switzerland
7. Norway
8. Italy
9. Republic of Ireland
10. Belgium
11. Germany
12. Canada
13. Greece
14. Poland
15. Czech Republic
16. France
17. Portugal
18. Austria
19. Hungary
20. United States
21. United Kingdom

Other key points at-a-glance here.

Click on study cover to access the Unicef PDF file

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Reino Unido em último lugar??? E Espanha em 5º e nós em 17º??? I think I'm going to cry :(

izno believerinpseudostudieslikethisone said...

I always look to this kind of exercise with utmost defiance. Always, when you look closer you end up finding that either the questions were biaised, or the study happily jumped to conclusions or the responses were not representative. etc... ALWAYS. Having said that, I hold nothing against thinking that portugal is 17th on this (stupid) kind of league and UK the last. But to try to make it as much as a semblant of "scientific data" Oh no my God!Even if it is UNICEF to promote it

Claudia said...

I, for my part, believe that this type of study, which WAS scientific and meticulous(please DO READ it before criticizing), is a helpful handrail in the lead up to attaining a better quality of life for young people.