Measuring Сhildren’s Subjective Well-Being in Russia: Local Practices and Federal Strategies




children‘s subjective well-being indicators, children‘s subjective well-being measurement tools, children‘s well-being index, social practices in childhood protection


The article highlights approaches defining and operationalizing the notion of children‘s subjective well-being in Russia. The paper employs empirical data on the use of children's well being indicators in the work of 69 state-run and private sector organizations dealing with social orphanhood and supported by Timchenko Foundation in 2016-2018. The authors provide examples of tools developed in the applied social projects to assess subjective well-being in children, including those not allowing a verbal expression of opinions. The paper discusses factors impeding a switch from measuring children’s subjective well-being within local social practices/projects and organizations to a larger scale. The authors give recommendations on designing domestic or adapting foreign indices of children’s well-being at higher levels (regional, federal).

Author Biographies

Tatyana O. Archakova, Charitable Foundation "Volunteers to Help Orphans"; "Viktoria" Children's Charity Foundation

  • Charitable Foundation "Volunteers to Help Orphans", Moscow, Russia
    • Psychologist
  • "Viktoria" Children's Charity Foundation, Moscow, Russia
    • Psychologist

Elvira Sh. Garifulina, Elena & Gennady Timchenko Foundation

  • Elena & Gennady Timchenko Foundation, Moscow, Russia
    • Cand. Sci. (Soc.), Program Director
  • Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia 
    • Associate Professor