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Introducing measures of wellbeing

A number of instruments have been developed to measure the concept of wellbeing.

However, as we mentioned at the being of this course, wellbeing is a difficult concept to define and as yet there is not an agreed operationalised definition of what exactly wellbeing comprises. Subsequently, measures of wellbeing differ in how they conceptualise it.

Some approach wellbeing as a context-free concept, in that wellbeing is considered in relation to life in general. Others approach it as a domain-specific concept, where wellbeing is considered in relation to a specific environment, for example, wellbeing at school or at work (Taris and Schaufeli 2015).

Your task

Read this article on self-report measures for assessing wellbeing in adults, then answer the following question:

Which measure do the authors suggest is the most appropriate to assess wellbeing? How far do you agree with their conclusion?

Post your thoughts in the comments and ‘like’ or reply to posts you find useful or interesting.


Linton, M., Dieppe, P., Medina-Lara, A. (2016) ‘Review of 99 Self-report Measures for Assessing Well-being in Adults: Exploring Dimensions of Well-being and Developments Over Time’.  BMJ Open [online]. available from https://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/6/7/e010641 [28th March 2019]

Taris, T. W., Schaufeli, W. B. (2018) ‘Individual Well-being and Performance at Work: A Conceptual and Theoretical Overview’. Current Issues in Work and Organizational Psychology [online] 189-204 Abingdon: Taylor and Francis. available from https://locate.coventry.ac.uk/primo-explore/fulldisplay?docid=TN_scopus2-s2.0-85060485266&context=PC&vid=COV_VU1&search_scope=Primo_Central&tab=remote&lang=en_US [10th May 2019]

Further reading

Hunt, S. M., McKenna, S. P. (1992) ‘The QLDS: A Scale for the Measurement of Quality of Life in Depression’. Health Policy 22 (3), 307–319

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Wellbeing at Work: An Introduction

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