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According to the results of the Children’s Happiness Index Survey released by Lingnan University’s Centre for Public Policy Studies (CPPS) today (17 April), the 2014 overall Children’s Happiness Index dropped noticeably to 6.74 (on a scale of 0 to 10) from 7.23 in 2013. This is the lowest on record since the survey commenced in 2012 when the Index was tracked at 6.91. Drop in happiness has been recorded for children of all school grades and age groups.

Commissioned by the Hong Kong Early Childhood Development Research Foundation, the 2014 Children’s Happiness Index adopts methodology similar to previous surveys. A total of ten primary schools and ten secondary schools (excluding international schools) have accepted the survey invitation, involving 1,182 Primary 4 to Secondary 3 students and 1,763 parents. The ratio of primary to secondary school students is roughly 4:6.




Designed and conducted annually by the Centre for Public Policy Studies (CPPS) of Lingnan University since 2012, the Children’s Happiness Index Survey tracked and measured the level of happiness of children in Hong Kong on a scale of 0 to 10. The Survey in 2014 marks the third consecutive year the survey has been conducted.

The survey was commissioned by the Hong Kong Early Childhood Development Research Foundationwith the assistance of the Public Governance Programme of Lingnan University. CPPS would like to express its gratitude for the Foundation, the Programme as well as all participating schools for their support.



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2014 Hong Kong Children Happiness Index - Press Release

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Ho, L. S., & Early Childhood Development Research Foundation. (2015). HK Children Happiness Index 2014 = 2014年香港兒童快樂指數. Retrieved from