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Measuring HealthA guide to rating scales and questionnaires$
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Ian McDowell

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195165678

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195165678.001.0001

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Psychological Well-being

Psychological Well-being

(p.206) 5 Psychological Well-being
Measuring Health

Ian McDowell

Oxford University Press

This chapter covers measures of general psychological well-being, including positive and negative feeling states. Psychological well-being is frequently recorded in social surveys, both as a component of subjective quality of life and as an outcome in studies of stress, social support, and coping. The chapter opens with a discussion of the various approaches to defining well-being and mood states. It then reviews theoretical approaches to describing their structure.

Keywords:   psychological well-being, positive feeling states, negative feeling states, social surveys, quality of life, mood states

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