Locating the child centrally as subject in research

Towards a child interpretation of well-being

Tobia Fattore*, Jan Mason, Elizabeth Watson

*Corresponding author for this work

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This paper explores the notion of the 'subject' in studies of childrens subjective wellbeing. Increasingly, those researching children's well-being are acknowledging children as agents and including them as participants in research in order to tap into, and report on, their subjectivities.We explore this trend to show how dominant approaches privilege an 'objectivist' approach to subjectivity that informs epistemological and methodological approaches and has implications for policy and practice. An alternative approach is discussed which places children centrally as subjects.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)423-435
Number of pages13
JournalChild Indicators Research
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Children as subjects
  • Epistemology
  • Ontology
  • Research methodology
  • Subjective well-being

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