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How I Feel About My School-Adaptation and Validation of an Educational Well-Being Measure among Young Children in Sweden.

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Peer-reviewed

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Article

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Abstract

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 (rα = 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.

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Keywords

child self-report measures, early childhood education, well-being, young children, Child, Child, Preschool, Educational Status, Humans, Psychometrics, Schools, Sweden, United Kingdom

Journal Title

Int J Environ Res Public Health

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Journal ISSN

1661-7827
1660-4601

Volume Title

18

Publisher

MDPI AG