Domain-specific measures of wellbeing
Warr’s (1990) model of wellbeing focuses on wellbeing in the context of work.
Three axis model
The three axis model is based on the principle that wellbeing consists of two dimensions: pleasure and arousal.
Using these dimensions, Warr (1990) describes the content and intensity of job-related feelings on three key axes:
The model proposes that wellbeing is a function of experiencing enthusiasm rather than anxiety, pleasure rather than displeasure, and comfort rather than depression.
Participants are given a list of twelve emotions and asked to indicate for each one how often their job has made them feel that way in the past week.
- Some of the time
- Much of the time
- Most of the time
- All of the time
Answers are scored from one to six, respectively.
Items covering the two axes are combined in the questionnaire. A person is characterised depending on where they fall on the axes.
Adapted from Warr (1987)
Warr, P. (1987) Work, Unemployment, and Mental Health. New York: Oxford University Press
Warr, P. (1990) ‘The Measurement of Well-being and Other Aspects of Mental Health’. Journal of Occupational Psychology [online] 63 (3), 193-210. available from https://locate.coventry.ac.uk/primo-explore/fulldisplay?docid=TN_scopus2-s2.0-84986651427&context=PC&vid=COV_VU1&search_scope=Primo_Central&tab=remote&lang=en_US [10th May 2019]
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