How I Feel About My School-Adaptation and Validation of an Educational Well-Being Measure among Young Children in Sweden.
International journal of environmental research and public health
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Riad, R., Allodi, M. W., Siljehag, E., Wikman, C., Ford, T., & Bölte, S. (2021). How I Feel About My School-Adaptation and Validation of an Educational Well-Being Measure among Young Children in Sweden.. International journal of environmental research and public health, 18 (10)https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18105075
Funder: Department of Health
The well-being of children has received increasing attention in recent years. Nevertheless, we lack adequate brief self-report tools that enable us to consider young children's well-being in policy evaluations and educational research. This study describes the adaptation and first validation of the Swedish version of How I Feel About My School (HIFAMS), a subjective well-being questionnaire suitable for children aged 4 to 12 years, which was originally developed in the United Kingdom (UK). Descriptive statistics with analysis of psychometric properties and confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) are based on the perceived well-being of 228 children in preschool and school aged 5 to 8 years old. The CFA endorsed a good fit to a one-factor model, and the scale showed moderate internal consistency (<i>r</i><sub>α</sub> = 0.63). The results are largely in line with the findings of the original HIFAMS. We conclude that the Swedish version can be applied in early preschool/school settings and could provide first-hand information about children's well-being from the first years of education until elementary school grades. Practitioners in early education settings might benefit from HIFAMS assessments when seeking to understand children's current well-being to provide support to children with special educational needs or children at risk for mental health issues. Researchers could use the HIFAMS to standardize child well-being evaluations in policy evaluations and interventional studies.
Young Children, Well-being, Early Childhood Education, Child Self-report Measures, Humans, Psychometrics, Schools, Child, Child, Preschool, Educational Status, Sweden, United Kingdom
External DOI: https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18105075
This record's URL: https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/324858
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