Valid and reliable assessment of wellness among adolescents : do you know what you’re measuring?

Rachele, Jerome N., Washington, Tracy L., Cuddihy, Thomas F., Barwais, Faisal A., & McPhail, Steven M. (2013) Valid and reliable assessment of wellness among adolescents : do you know what you’re measuring? International Journal of Wellbeing, 3(2), pp. 162-172.

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Measuring wellness among adolescents is an emerging trend among professionals and researchers endeavouring to influence youth as they establish lifestyle patterns in this critical period of life. This discussion highlights instruments used to measure wellness among adolescents, and considers the empirical data supporting their validity and reliability amongst adolescents. In summary, Adolescent wellness is an important indicator of future health and lifestyle habits. There are a number of tools available to measure wellness, each with its own focus, depending on the definition or model from which it was developed. This may cause debate regarding the appropriateness of some instruments for evaluating wellness. The majority of wellness evaluation approaches reported among adolescents have less than ideal validation. A ‘gold standard’ definition could lead to the standardisation of a theoretical model against which wellness instruments could be validated. The absence of peer reviewed studies reporting psychometric testing for wellness evaluation instruments among adolescents is concerning given their growing popularity and highlights a priority area for future research in this field.

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ID Code: 58831
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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DOI: 10.5502/ijw.v3i2.3
ISSN: 1179-8602
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Deposited On: 08 Apr 2013 22:45
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2013 23:14

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