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Schubert Center Co-Hosts International Seminar on Child Well-Being

Posted on February 12, 2014

On February 6, 2014, the Schubert Center co-hosted a day-long seminar on child well-being. The event was sponsored by the Schubert Center and the Haruv Institute of Jerusalem and co-sponsored by Springer Publishers.

The seminar brought together international, national, and CWRU researchers on child well-being. The impetus for this seminar was the publication of the Handbook of Child Well-Being: Theories, Methods and Policies in Global Perspective edited by Asher Ben-Arieh, Ferran Casas, Ivar Frones, and Schubert Center Director Jill Korbin. This five-volume reference source represents the work of more than 200 authors and co-authors contributing more than 110 chapters.

The following child well-being researchers discussed current research on promoting child well-being:

  • International experts
    • Sabine Andresen, Faculty of Educational Science, IDeA Research Center on Adaptive Education and Individual Development on Children at Risk, Goerthe-University Frankfurt, Germany
    • Asher Ben-Arieh, The Haruv Institute and the Paul Baerwald School of Social Work and Social Welfare, the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel
    • Ferran Casas, Research Institute on Quality of Life, University of Girona, Spain
    • Ivar Frones, Department of Sociology and Human Geography, and The Norwegian Center for Child Behavioral Development, University of Oslo, Norway
    • David Kaawa-Mafigiri, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda; Department of Anthropology, CWRU, Center for the Social Studies of AIDS
  • National experts
    • Robert Goerge, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
    • Donald Hernandez, Department of Sociology, Hunter College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York, New York
    • Scott Huebner, Department of Psychology, University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina
    • Carol Worthman, Department of Anthropology, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia
  • CWRU experts

The speakers discussed a variety of topics related to issues of child well-being. Several highlighted the importance of research to better understand children’s subjective experiences of well-being and to consider how definitions of child well-being may vary in different communities and contexts. Speakers also described the tension between ensuring child well-being in the present and promoting child well-becoming, i.e. supporting children in becoming productive, successful members of their communities.

Download the program and abstracts from this event.

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Learn more about this event.

Visit the publisher’s website to learn more about the Handbook of Child Well-Being.

Download Ferran Casas’ presentation.
Download Claudia Coulton and Jim Spilsbury’s presentation.
Download Ivar Frones’ presentation.
Download Robert Goerge’s presentation.
Download Donald Hernandez’s presentation.
Download Scott Huebner’s presentation.
Download David Kaawa-Mafigiri’s presentation.
Download Sandra Russ’ presentation.
Download Carol Worthman’s presentation.