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What is wellbeing and how do we measure and evaluate it?

Baxter, L. and Burnell, K., 2022. What is wellbeing and how do we measure and evaluate it? In: Everill, P. and Burnell, K., eds. Archaeology, Heritage, and Wellbeing: Authentic, Powerful, and Therapeutic Engagement with the Past. Routledge.

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DOI: 10.4324/9781003182184


Wellbeing has many differing definitions, facets, concepts, and dimensions. It can mean different things to different audiences. While the lay term wellbeing may be considered to mean feeling happy and positive, psychologists may argue that the concept also comprises life satisfaction, purposefulness, and meaning, while in the health context, wellbeing may be considered the absence of symptoms of psychological distress, such as anxiety and depression. This lays the foundations for difficulty in how we communicate about wellbeing and how we measure and evaluate it, but we must, if we are to build an evidence-base for heritage interventions that can be used by service commissioners, providers, and policy makers. This chapter provides an overview of the theoretical foundations of wellbeing, as well as discussing what is meant by mental health, and explains the ways in which wellbeing can be quantified and measured, as well as discussing ways in which we may evaluate wellbeing through qualitative methods.

Item Type:Book Section
ISBN:9781032021652, 9781003182184
Number of Pages:302
Group:Faculty of Health & Social Sciences
ID Code:37073
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:20 Jun 2022 15:53
Last Modified:02 Jun 2023 01:08


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