An edited book has been published that presents a comprehensive assessment of the CWI, its construction and major findings, its use in the study of disparities, and the application of the CWI methodology to study child and youth well-being in states, small local areas, and internationally.
Book I-1: Kenneth C. Land (ed.), 2012. The Well-Being of America’s Children: Developing and Improving the Child and Youth Well-Being Index. New York: Springer.
1. Introduction, Kenneth C. Land
2. Conceptual and Methodological Foundations of the Child and Youth Well-Being Index, Kenneth C. Land, Vicki L. Lamb, and Sarah Meadows
3. The CWI and Its Components: Empirical Studies and Findings, Kenneth C. Land, Vicki L. Lamb, Sarah Meadows, Hui Zheng, and Qiang Fu
4. Measuring Social Disparities via the CWI: Ethnic, Racial, SES, and Immigrant Status, Donald Hernandez, Suzanne Macartney, and Wendy Cervantes
5. Research on the Subjective Well-Being of Children and Youth and Its Implications for the CWI, E. Scott Huebner, Susan P. Antaramian, and Ashley Lewis Heffner
6. Issues in Composite Index Construction, Michael R. Hagerty and Kenneth C. Land
7. Scalability of the CWI: State-Level Indicators and Composite Indices, Vicki L. Lamb and William P. O’Hare
8. Scalability of the CWI: Sub-State Regional Indicators and Composite Indices, Qiang Fu, Vicki L. Lamb, and Kenneth C. Land
9. Intergenerational and Cross-National Comparisons of Child and Youth Well-Being, Kenneth C. Land, Vicki L. Lamb, and Hui Zheng
10. Policy Connections and Implications of the CWI, Megan Curran, Shadi Houshyar, and Bruce Lesley
11. Conclusions and Future Directions, Kenneth C. Land
II. NATIONAL-LEVEL CWI RESEARCH PAPERS:
Published Papers: The Land, Lamb, and Mustillo (2001)
article describes in detail the basic components, structure and properties of
the Child Well-Being Index. Gender differences in each of the 28
indicator series as well as within the seven domains of CWI are described in
Meadows, Land, & Lamb (2005). Attention is also given to a gender-disparity
version of the Index. Land (2004) was presented at the Opening Session of the
Fifth Conference of the International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies in
Paper I-1: Land, Kenneth C., Vicki L. Lamb, and Sarah Kahler Mustillo. 2001. “Child and Youth Well-Being in the United States, 1975-1998: Some Findings from a New Index,” Social Indicators Research, 56, (December):241-320.
Paper I-2: Land, Kenneth C. 2004. "An Evidence-Based Approach to the Construction of Summary Quality-of-Life Indices." Pp. 107-124 in Wolfgang Glatzer, Matthias Stoffregen, and Susanne von Below (eds.) Challenges for Quality of Life in the Contemporary World. New York: Kluwer.
Paper I-3: Meadows, Sarah O., Kenneth C. Land, and Vicki L. Lamb. 2005. "Assessing Gilligan Versus Sommers: Gender-Specific Trends in Child and Youth Well-Being in the United States, 1985-2001." Social Indicators Research, 70, (January I):1-52.
Paper I-4: Lamb, Vicki L., Kenneth C. Land, Sarah O. Meadows, and Fasaha Traylor. 2005. "Trends in African-American Child Well-Being: 1985-2001." Pp.21-44 in Vonnie McLoyd, Nancy Hill, and Kenneth Dodge (eds.) African American Family Life. New York: GuilfordPress.
Paper I-5: Land, Kenneth C., Vicki L. Lamb, Sarah O. Meadows, and Ashley Taylor. 2007. "Measuring Trends in Child Well-Being: An Evidence-Based Approach." Social Indicators Research, 80 (January):105-132.
Paper I-6: Hagerty, Michael R. and Kenneth C. Land. 2007. “Constructing Summary Indices of Quality of Life: A Model for the Effect of Heterogeneous Importance Weights.” Sociological Methods and Research, 35(May):455-496.
Paper I-7: Land, Kenneth C., Vicki L. Lamb, and Hui Zheng. 2011. “How Are the Kids Doing? How Do We Know? Recent Trends in Child and Youth Well-Being in the United States and Some International Comparisons,” Social Indicators Research, 100 (January):463-477.
Paper I-8: Fu, Qiang, Kenneth C. Land, and Vicki L. Lamb. “Bullying Victimization, Socioeconomic Status and Behavioral Characteristics of 12th Graders in the United States, 1989 to 2009: Repetitive Trends and Persistent Risk Differentials.” Child Indicators Research,6 (March): 1-21.
III: STATE AND REGIONAL LEVEL CWI RESEARCH:
A paper by O’Hare et al. (2012/2013) develops a comprehensive composite state-level index of child well-being, modeled after the national CWI, using 25 indicators to assess state differences in child well-being among the 50 U.S. states in 2007. Three working papers sponsored by KIDS COUNT *NOTE: the current hot link for KIDS COUNT has changed to: http://datacenter.kidscount.org/ are featured here. The first, O'Hare and Lamb (2004), examines state ranking in ten indicators of child well-being from 1990 to 2000. The second, O'Hare and Bramstedt (2003), compares findings from the Kids Count index, the FCD CWI, and the annual America's Children report for the decade spanning from 1990 to 2000 in an attempt to develop a global measure of child well-being. The third, O’Hare and Lamb (2009), examines state rankings in the ten updated KIDS COUNT indicators for the years 2000-2005. A fourth paper examines state-level child and youth well-being using 25 indicators for the year 2007. The paper by Lee et al. uses the CWI methodology to study child and youth well-being in a smaller region – the San Francisco Bay Area – compared to the state of California.
Paper I-9: O'Hare, William P. and Vicki L. Lamb. 2004. "Ranking States Based on Improvement in Child Well-Being During the 1990s." A KIDS COUNT working paper. Baltimore: Annie E. Casey Foundation.
Paper I-10: O'Hare, William P. and Nicole L. Bramstedt. 2003. "Assessing the KIDS COUNT Composite Index." A KIDS COUNT working paper. Baltimore: Annie E. Casey Foundation.
Paper I-12: O'Hare, William P. and Vicki L. Lamb. 2009. "Ranking States on Improvement in Child Well-Being Since 2000." A KIDS COUNT working paper. Baltimore: Annie E. Casey Foundation.
Paper I-12: O’Hare, William P., Mark Mather, Genevieve Dupuis, Kenneth C. Land, Vicki L. Lamb, and Qiang Fu. “Analyzing Differences in Child Well-Being Among U.S. States,” Child Indicators Research, 6, published online (2012) and forthcoming in print (2013).
Paper I-13: Lee, Joonkoo, Vicki L. Lamb, and Kenneth C. Land. 2009. “Composite Indices of Changes in Child and Youth Well-Being in the San Francisco Bay Area and the State of California, 1995-2005.” Child Indicators Research, 2, (December): 353-374.
IV: GENERAL, CONCEPTUAL, AND METHODOLOGICAL PAPERS ON SOCIAL INDICATORS
Paper I-14: Land, Kenneth C. 2001 “Models and Indicators,” Social Forces, 80, (December):381-410.
Paper I-15: Land, Kenneth C. Land and Abbott L. Ferriss. 2004 “Conceptual Models for the Development and Use of Social Indicators.” Pp. 337-352 in Wolfgang Glatzer, Roland Habich, and Karl Ulrich Mayer (eds.), Sozialer Wandel und gesellschaftliche Dauerbeobachtung. Festschrift for Wolfgang Zapf. Opladen: Leske+Budrich.
Paper I-16: Land, Kenneth C. Land and Abbott L. Ferriss. 2007. “The Sociology of Social Indicators.” Pp. 518-526 (Chapter 45, Volume One) in Clifton D. Bryant and Dennis L. Peck (eds.), The Handbook of 21st Century Sociology. Thousand Oaks, California: Sage Publications.
Paper I-17: Lamb, Vicki L. and Kenneth C. Land, “Methodologies Used in the Construction of Composite Child Well-Being Indices.” In Asher Ben-Arieh (ed.), Handbook of Child Well-Being. New York: Springer, forthcoming.
Paper I-18: Land, Kenneth C. and Vicki L. Lamb, “Child and Youth Well-Being Index.” In Alex C. Michalos (ed). Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-Being Research. New York: Springer, forthcoming.