Measurement Tools

Well-being is essential for the development of children and youth and for that reason policymakers and researchers find it important to have appropriate tools for measuring well-being.In this project we identify and compare a set of validated urvey questionnaires that will be suitable as a common tool for for measuring different aspect of well-being and personality for children and youth.

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Target group:

Children and youth (questionnaires for different age groups).     

Number of participants:

More than 10,000    


Many different validated questionnaires concerning children’s well-being and personal development exist and it is important that the choice of questionnaire is based on a conscious and reflected consideration. The choice of questionnaire determines which impacts we are able to measure and hence may determine the fate of specific interventions.  

In the project we aim to compare different questionnaire and to validate questionnaires that have not yet been used in Denmark.  We measure the development in well-being and personality over a period of time for different groups of children. In the project questionnaires, which can be administered without prerequisites in terms of education or trainning, are chosen.

The identification of potential questionnaires is based on suggestions from an expert group from TrygFondens Børneforskningscenter plus other associated experts. This caused that the measuring battery both include subjective (happiness and satisfaction with life e.g.) and psychological (personal development e.g.) aspects of well-being. Furthermore, supplemental measurements regarding character traits, executive function and more comprehensive concepts about psychomotor development are included.

To focus the effort, the identified measuring instruments were exposed to an initial screening. Here, the instrument must meet 4 minimum criteria to be a part of the measuring instrument:

  1. The instrument must measure an aspect of well-being of children and youth.
  2. Only generic instruments are chosen.
  3. The psychometric features of the instruments should be validated.
  4. It must include one of the following: children or youth, parents or other caregivers and teachers.

Questionnaires that meet all 4 criteria were assessed and described on the basis of a number of relevant dimensions. As a result, 27 questionnaires were chosen.    


KORA, Rambøll Management Consulting A/S and SFI.     


The chosen questionnaires in the project are selected focusing on the development of the children regarding subjective and psychosocial well-being and therefore they are useful across, basically, all the studies of the centre. Furthermore, supplementary measures (character traits, executive function and psychomotor development) are identified and function as suggestions for instruments to measure these aspects of children’s well-being.     

Project group

Jacob Nielsen Arendt


P +4561163373

Astrid Kiil

Ph.d., researcher

P +4531163454


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