Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Well-being scale (WEMWBS)

This measure is for childrenThis is a free measure

This wellbeing scale has been used on local and national levels. Countries such as England, Scotland, and Iceland have used it to measure national wellbeing. It contains “a 14 item scale with 5 response categories, summed to provide a single score ranging from 14-70. The items are all worded positively and cover both feeling and functioning aspects of mental wellbeing” (Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Wellbeing, 2015, n.p.). This scale is available in Dutch, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Spanish, Brazilian, and a variety of other languages. The Shorter Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Wellbeing Scale (SWEMWBS) is a more concise 7-item version. Both scales strictly focus on wellbeing and cannot be used to assess mental illness in students. Non-commercial use of this scale requires registration; commercial organizations should contact Isla Millar at ventures@warwick.ac.uk.

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Cons for Schools

14 questions
Shorter 7-question version available
Translated into many languages
Valid and reliable

Requires registration
Not specifically designed for students

Suggestions for Further Research

Warwick Medical School. (2015). Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Wellbeing Scale (WEMWBS). https://edtechbooks.org/-cIg