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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)

A diagram showing a see-saw. At the bottom is a triangle which represents a base and above it is a rectangular shape resembling a plank. In the centre of the plank is a sphere with the word 'Wellbeing'. On the left-hand side is a square reading 'Resources: Psychological Social Physical. On the right-hand side is a square reading 'Challenges: Psychological Social Physical'

Adapted from Dodge, R., et al. (2012)

Your task

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?

Dodge, R., Daly, A., Huyton, J., Sanders, L. (2012) ‘The Challenge of Defining Wellbeing’

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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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