A definition of wellbeing
As we mentioned earlier, there is not yet an agreed operationalised definition of the concept of wellbeing.
However, a simple approach to understanding wellbeing might be that proposed by Dodge et al. who argue that:
‘Stable wellbeing is when individuals have the psychological, social and physical resources they need to meet a particular psychological, social and/or physical challenge. When individuals have more challenges than resources, the see-saw dips, along with their wellbeing, and vice-versa.’
(Dodge et al. 2012: 230)
Adapted from Dodge, R., et al. (2012)
Read the following article and briefly explain the three key areas that the authors propose as a way of defining wellbeing. Is there anything in the article that you don’t agree with?
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Dodge, R., Daly, A.P., Huyton, J., Sanders, L.D. (2012) ‘The Challenge of Defining Wellbeing’ International Journal of Wellbeing [online] 2 (3), 222-235. available from https://internationaljournalofwellbeing.org/index.php/ijow/article/view/89 [28th March 2019]
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