Wellbeing as a process of accrual : beyond subjectivity and beyond the moment

Gillett-Swan, Jenna K. & Sargeant, Jonathon (2015) Wellbeing as a process of accrual : beyond subjectivity and beyond the moment. Social Indicators Research, 121(1), pp. 135-148.

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Abstract

Although the notion of wellbeing is popular in contemporary literature, it is variously interpreted and has no common definition. Such inconsistencies in definition have particular relevance when considering wellbeing programs designed for children. By developing a broader conceptualisation of wellbeing and its key elements, the range of programs and services developed in the name of wellbeing will achieve a more consistent cross-disciplinary focus to ensure that the needs of the individual, including children, can more accurately be addressed. This paper presents a new perspective on conceptualising wellbeing. The authors argue that conceptualising wellbeing as an accrued process has particular relevance for both adults and children. A definition for accrued wellbeing is presented in an attempt to address some of the current deficiencies in existing understandings of an already complicated construct. The potential for the ideas presented when considering wellbeing as a process of accrual may have further application when considered beyond childhood.

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ID Code: 79930
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Published online: 19 April 2014
Keywords: Wellbeing, Childhood, Capacity, Accrued wellbeing
DOI: 10.1007/s11205-014-0634-6
ISSN: 1573-0921
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > OTHER EDUCATION (139900) > Education not elsewhere classified (139999)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Children & Youth Research Centre
Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
Deposited On: 12 Jan 2015 23:25
Last Modified: 06 Apr 2016 03:09

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