Personal and Family Correlates to Happiness amongst Italian Children and Pre-adolescents

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Verrastro , V , Ritella , G , Saladino , V , Pistella , J , Baiocco , R & Fontanesi , L 2020 , ' Personal and Family Correlates to Happiness amongst Italian Children and Pre-adolescents ' , International journal of emotional education , vol. 12 , no. 1 , pp. 48-64 . < https://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/EJ1251781.pdf >

Title: Personal and Family Correlates to Happiness amongst Italian Children and Pre-adolescents
Author: Verrastro, Valeria; Ritella, Giuseppe; Saladino, Valeria; Pistella, Jessica; Baiocco, Roberto; Fontanesi, Lilybeth
Other contributor: University of Helsinki, Department of Education
Date: 2020-04
Language: eng
Number of pages: 17
Belongs to series: International journal of emotional education
ISSN: 2073-7629
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/328880
Abstract: This study examines how family functioning, the parent-child relationship and personal factors are related to happiness in 1549 children aged 7 to 14 years old (53% females) in Italy. Children and pre-adolescents completed a set of questionnaires on self-rated happiness, self-concept and loneliness. At least one of their parents filled in questionnaires on family functioning, attachment and their child's happiness level. No gender differences were found in the direct measure of happiness, but younger participants were happier than older participants, according to both the children's and parents' evaluations. Happiness is influenced by positive self-concept, self-esteem and low levels of satisfaction but family functioning does not seem to play a major role. The clinical and social implications of the study are discussed.
Subject: happiness
early adolescents
self-concept
children
family functioning
ADOLESCENT LIFE SATISFACTION
CIRCUMPLEX MODEL
GENDER-DIFFERENCES
CHILDHOOD
SELF
ATTACHMENT
TEMPERAMENT
LONELINESS
HEALTH
516 Educational sciences
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