WEMWBS: Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Wellbeing Scale
The Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Wellbeing scale was developed to enable the monitoring of mental wellbeing in the general population and the evaluation of projects, programmes and policies which aim to improve mental wellbeing.
WEMWBS is 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. WEWMBS has been validated in other parts of the UK, other parts of Europe, Iceland, the middle and far East and Africa.
The Shorter Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Wellbeing Scale SWEMWBS, a 7 item scale which is RASCH compatible, has also been derived.
WEMWBS has been tested with young people (13-15yrs), minority populations (Chinese and Pakistani) and users of mental health services and their carers. All these groups have found WEMWBS easy to complete and reported that it provides a credible picture of mental wellbeing.
WEMWBS is sensitive to the changes which occur in the context of a variety of wellbeing promotion initiatives from those which encourage physical activity and healthy eating, complementary and alternative medicine and parenting support.