Objective or social indicators are one type of indicators to measure Well-being and Child well-being. Such indicators cover social, environmental and economic resources that are often measured using existing data sources. The use of objective indicators has the advantage that consistency over time is given and that that experience on their collection is longstanding. People's experiences of those objective facts are not taken into account. This is in contrast with measures of subjective well-being that capture the outcomes e.g. of social services rather than their potential use due to availability.
"Objective wellbeing refers to the material and social circumstances believed to foster - or detract from - an individuals or community's sense of well-being (Allin, 2007).
At the current stage of research, it can be said that literature is biased towards positive measures.
- ↑ Thomas, Jennifer (2009), “Working Paper: Current Measures and the Challenges of Measuring Children’s Wellbeing”, Household, Labour Market and Social Wellbeing, Office for National Statistics, Newport. p.7. http://www.statistics.gov.uk/downloads/theme_social/Measuring-childrens-wellbeing.pdf