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De Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Well-being Scale (WEMWBS) als meetinstrument voor mentaal welbevinden in Nederland

Ikink, J.G.M. (2012) De Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Well-being Scale (WEMWBS) als meetinstrument voor mentaal welbevinden in Nederland.

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Abstract:In the current study, The Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Well-Being Scale is validated for the Dutch situation using a sample consisting of mostly high-educated women with mild depressive symptoms (n=286). The questionnaire measures well-being using 14 items with both hedonistic and eudaimonic components. As expected, no ceiling- or flooreffects were found. Factor analysis did not confirm the expected model based on two factors, consisting of an hedonistic and eudaimonic component, but did confirm a single factor with hedonistic and eudaimonic aspects. The questionnaire has a high reliability in the sample and was found to correlate positively with the MHC-SF and WHO-5 questionnaires that both measure well-being. It correlates negatively with the depression questionnaire CES-D and the anxiety subscale HADS-A. The current study shows that the Dutch translation of the WEMWBS is valid for measuring well-being. One weakness of the WEMWBS is that the component social well-being is not fully represented in the questionnaire, on which the WEMWBS and its translations could be adapted. The current study is a first step for validating the WEMWBS in the Netherlands. Validation in the general Dutch population is recommended as the next step. Beyond that, research in clinical populations and research on well-being in specific groups in the Netherlands are recommended. The WEMWBS can, after further validation, be used for international research on the effects of well-being.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
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