About the Measure

Domains Mental health and wellbeing, Perceptions of Self
Key stages Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4
Subscales Positive subjective wellbeing; Negative subjective wellbeing
Description A context related measure of children's happiness.
Example During the last week at school… I felt relaxed
Link http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02667360701507301

Implementation details

No. of items 30
Format Likert
Respondent Self
Scoring Standardised
Time 0
Age 8-15
Cost single purchase Available in jou
Cost per child Available in jou

Psychometric details

UK norms Yes
Cronbach's α .86-.92
Test retest After 13 days, r= .72, p<.001, 2-tailed, n=49
Inter-rater reliability Not reported
EFA 2-factor orthogo
CFA Not reported
Criterion validity Not reported
Construct validity Self-esteem (Culture-Free Self-Esteem Inventory), r= .49; Depression (Children’s Depression Inventory, Short Form), r= -.55; Affect (Positive and Negative Affect Scale: Children ), r= .71
Concurrent validity Not reported
Predictive validity Combined bullied (measured by The Life in School Checklist) was found to be a moderately strong predictor of subjective wellbeing, when age was controlled for, predicting 11% variance.
Responsiveness Not reported
Floor/Ceiling Not reported
References Ivens, J. (2007). The development of a happiness measure for schoolchildren. Educational Psychology in Practice, 23(3), 221-239. doi:10.1080/02667360701507301