4. How young people evaluate their well-being and health

4.3. Evaluating well-being

What this is about

How young people evaluate their well-being depends on various factors and framework conditions: social background, financial situation, migration background, age, gender – we took these and many other aspects into account in order to describe as comprehensively as possible how children, adolescents and young adults evaluate their well-being.

In some cases there are significant differences: for example, young people without chronic illnesses are significantly more likely to feel well than young people suffering from such illnesses. There are also differences if you take a broader look at the concept of well-being, in terms of life satisfaction: for example, life satisfaction falls as adolescents grow older. Certain positive personality traits – such as a positive attitude to life, sociability, or a healthy level of self-confidence – also have an impact on well-being. The same applies for the pressure of stress. In addition, young people who view their social status as high and have sufficient financial resources available experience significantly less stress and greater well-being than young people for whom these aspects of life are not so positive. Differences such as these are common with the topic of ‘well-being’, and we offer a comprehensive overview in this section.