Title

New Well-Being Measures: Short Scales to Assess Flourishing and Positive and Negative Feelings

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

6-2010

Abstract

Measures of well-being were created to assess psychological flourishing and feelings—positive feelings, negative feelings, and the difference between the two. The scales were evaluated in a sample of 689 college students from six locations. The Flourishing Scale is a brief 8-item summary measure of the respondent’s self-perceived success in important areas such as relationships, self-esteem, purpose, and optimism. The scale provides a single psychological well-being score. The measure has good psychometric properties, and is strongly associated with other psychological well-being scales. The Scale of Positive and Negative Experience produces a score for positive feelings (6 items), a score for negative feelings (6 items), and the two can be combined to create a balance score. This 12-item brief scale has a number of desirable features compared to earlier measures of positive and negative emotions. In particular, the scale assesses with a few items a broad range of negative and positive experiences and feelings, not just those of a certain type, and is based on the amount of time the feelings were experienced during the past 4 weeks. The scale converges well with measures of emotions and affective well-being

Keywords

Subjective well-being - Well-being - Measure - Positive affect - Negative affect - Scales (or Assessment)

Discipline

Social Psychology

Research Areas

Psychology

Publication

Social Indicators Research

Volume

97

Issue

2

First Page

143

Last Page

156

ISSN

0303-8300

Identifier

10.1007/s11205-009-9493-y

Publisher

Springer Verlag

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11205-009-9493-y

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