In order to measure mental wellbeing it is important to have a validated tool that reflects current understandings of mental wellbeing. In Scotland the Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Wellbeing Scale (WEMWBS) was developed and validated in 2007. It is a fourteen item questionnaire which includes both hedonic and eudaimonic features which are rated on a 5 point scale. A Short Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Wellbeing Scale (SWEMWBS) has also been validated. WEMWBS has been validated for use on adults and children aged 13.
WEMWBS is a useful tool for measuring the impact of a service or intervention on mental wellbeing. 'Using WEMWBS to measure the impact of your work on mental wellbeing: A practice based user guide' provides a detailed guide to evaluating the impact of your projects and interventions on mental wellbeing using validated measurement tools. WEMWBS has not been validated for assessing individual mental wellbeing.
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