Here at Juvenate we regularly use this scale to measure wellbeing before and after our courses or coaching sessions. We'd also encourage you to measure your wellbeing before and after making changes in your life, or as a spot check to see how you are at any one time.
We've included a general analysis of the typical results below so that you can compare your results to others and understand what your results might mean.
The Warwick–Edinburgh Mental Well-being Scale (WEMWBS) was developed in 2006 by researchers from the universities of Warwick and Edinburgh, with funding provided by NHS Health Scotland, to enable the measurement of mental wellbeing in adults (individuals aged 16 and above). It is now used to measure wellbeing all over the World.
The scale is widely used in national and local surveys, for the evaluation of the impact of health and social initiatives, it is also commonly used for measuring change due to interventions or therapy.
Mental wellbeing that is more than the absence of mental illness, as wellbeing involves both feeling good and also functioning well in your life.
The scale uses a 14 questions that cover both subjective wellbeing and psychological functioning, in which all responses are worded positively and address aspects of your positive mental health. The scale is scored by taking the sum of the responses to each Question which is answered on a 1 to 5 Likert Scale.
The minimum scale score is 14 and the maximum score is 70.
In general population samples, a U-shaped curve relationship is found for age, with mean WEMWBS scores lower in middle age and highest in the 65 to 74 year age group. Small, non-significant differences are found for sex, with male scores slightly higher than those for females.