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FERNANDES FERREIRA LIMA, Rebeca  and  ARAUJO DE MORAIS, Normanda. Subjective well-being of children and adolescents: Integrative review. Cienc. Psicol. [online]. 2018, vol.12, n.2, pp.249-260. ISSN 1688-4094.

This study aimed to perform an integrative review of scientific production (national and international) about subjective well-being (SWB) of children and adolescents in the period from 2005 to 2016. 43 studies were identified in the PubMed, PsycINFO, SciELO, PEPSIC, LILACS e IndexPsi databases that met the inclusion/exclusion criteria. The majority of international studies (cross-sectional, quantitative, empirical survey) involved teenagers attending school. A growing number of publications focused on positive aspects were found, examining the association between SWB and variables addressed in Positive Psychology, with emphasis on coping, optimism, gratitude and curiosity. However, the need to differentiate between SWB and related constructs remains. In addition, there was a gap as to studies with non-normative populations and children. Finally, it should be noted that a science that aims to study positive development and promotion of well-being should pay attention to the diversity of contexts and stages of the life cycle

Keywords : life satisfaction; positive affect; negative affect; positive psychology; integrative review.

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