Measuring Child Well-Being in Bangladesh: Are Self-Reported Measures of Well-Being Reliable and Valid?
Data for this paper are obtained from over 3000 primary and secondary school children (aged between 8 and 15 years) living in three large cities in Bangladesh. Exploratory factor analysis is carried out to examine the factor structure of the multiple-item measures of overall and domain specific well-being. Then Cronbach’s Alpha is computed to examine the reliability of the scales. Finally, convergent, discriminant and criterion validity of the scales are assessed by testing the relations of these scales with other theoretically relevant variables e.g., age, gender, satisfaction with health, pro-social behaviour, emotional symptom, and self-esteem. These findings are discussed in the context of previous empirical studies on child well-being carried out in both developing and developed countries. Suggestions for future comparative research are also put forward.