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Title: Inner wellbeing: concept and validation of a new approach to subjective perceptions of wellbeing-India
Authors: White, SC
Gaines Jr, SO
Jha, S
Keywords: India;International development;Model validation;Psychosocial;Subjective wellbeing
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Springer Netherlands
Citation: Social Indicators Research, 119(2): pp.723-746, (2014)
Abstract: This paper describes the conceptual development of a multi-domain, psychosocial model of 'Inner Wellbeing' (IWB) and assesses the construct validity of the scale designed to measure it. IWB expresses what people think and feel they are able to be and do. Drawing together scholarship in wellbeing and international development it is grounded in field research in marginalised, rural communities in the global South. Results from research in India at two points in time (2011 and 2013) are reported. At Time 1 (n = 287), we were unable to confirm an eight-factor, correlated model as distinct yet interrelated domains. However, at Time 2 (n = 335), we were able to confirm a revised, seven-factor correlated model with economic confidence, agency and participation, social connections, close relationships, physical and mental health, competence and self-worth, and values and meaning (five items per domain) as distinct yet interrelated domains. In particular, at Time 2, a seven-factor, correlated model provided a significantly better fit to the data than did a one-factor model.
Description: © The Author(s) 2013. This article is published with open access at This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits any use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author(s) and the source are credited.
ISSN: 0303-8300
Appears in Collections:Dept of Life Sciences Research Papers

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