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The global youth wellbeing index – comparison of wellbeing world's you

The Global Youth Wellbeing Index is a research about wellbeing (the state of being happy, healthy and prosperous) world’s youth conducted by International Youth Foundation (IYF) and Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).

What is The Global Youth Wellbeing Index?

The Global Youth Wellbeing Index is a research about wellbeing (the state of being happy, healthy and prosperous) world’s youth conducted by International Youth Foundation (IYF) and Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). The Global Youth Wellbeing Index for the first time offers a framework to help understand and compare some indicators of wellbeing youth from 30 countries all over the world. Researchers by looking at a wide range of inter-connected issues wanted to understand how young people think, what barriers they face and what opportunities they need to handle living in their communities and nations.

What countries are included in the research?

The Index ranks 30 high- to low-income countries in five regions that represent nearly 70 percent of the world’s youth, who were selected for inclusion in this Index to ensure regional and income diversity. In the research participated young people from Australia, Brazil, China, Colombia, Egypt, Germany, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States, Vietnam.

What does The Global Youth Wellbeing Index measure?

The research includes six domains of youths' lives: citizen participation, economic opportunity, education, health, information and communication technology, and safety and security.

  • Citizen participation - youth pursue to establish their identities as individuals, they want to have peaceful avenues for civic engagement and political expression. This is a period of their lives in which youth typically gain the right to vote, pay taxes, receive legal rights, serve in the military, and engage in their communities.
  • Economic opportunity – researches assume that youth are more optimistic and proactive in other areas of their lives with a stable economic foundation. Employed youth is less likely to rely on government support, more likely to be healthy, and less likely to be involved in criminal activity.
  • Education (primary education, secondary, tertiary and vocational education, technical skills development) has a direct impact on all areas of youth wellbeing including employment opportunities, civic engagement, health, and technology.
  • Health – for young people it is very important to have access to adequate health information, services and systems so as to they would lead a productive life.
  • Information and communication technology perceived as new and traditional media are critical to youths’ success in all aspects of their lives.
  • Safety and security is very critical area for young people. Without personal safety and community security, youth are likely to miss important development milestones in their lives.

All these domains have the rankings that are scored between 0 and 1, with 1 being the highest. The results are broken into four performance based tiers- high, upper-middle, lower-middle, and low.

What are the results of The Global Youth Wellbeing Index?

All 30 countries were compared with overall wellbeing. There are the results:

Interesting fact is that all European participants (Sweden, United Kingdom, Germany, Spain) in that research placed in first 10.

 

EVS volunteers Aleksandra Kempinska & Izabela Lozicka, Youth association Alfa Albona

 

Sources:

  • N. Goldin, P. Patel, K. Perry (2014). Report of The Global Youth Wellbeing Index, Center for Strategic and International Studies.
  • http://www.youthindex.org/ [access: 6th June 2017]