• Introduction
  • A Measure Suited for Your School
  • Measures of Child Wellbeing
  • Measures of Child Wellbeing at School
  • Measures of Adult Wellbeing
  • Measures of Adult Wellbeing at Work
  • Measures of Cultural Wellbeing
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  • Measures of Adult Wellbeing

    Tools to Measure the General Wellbeing of Adults

    Measures are listed from short to long (based on the shortest form) in terms of length of Administration, and each title is hyperlinked to a corresponding section with more information. All measures are reliable and valid and intended for adults.

    Free Measures of Adult Wellbeing in a General Setting

    These measures are for adultsThese are free measures

    Name of Measure




    Subjective Happiness Scale (SHS)

    4 items


    Only 10% related to life circumstances
    Currently under review

    The Satisfaction with Life Scale (SWL)

    5 items

    Available in multiple languages
    Comparable to national norms to contextualize wellbeing scores

    Possibly too short for robust understanding of individual wellbeing (5-items)

    Contentment with Life Assessment Scale (CLAS)

    5 items

    Comparatively in-depth focus of life satisfaction: contentment, fulfillment, and self-discrepancies

    Possibly too short for robust understanding (5-items)
    Less widely tested than other measures

    Flourishing Scale (FS)

    8 items

    Translations are available

    Possibly too short for robust understanding (8-items)

    The Oxford Happiness Questionnaire (OHQ)

    8 items

    29 items

    Both long and short versions
    Widely used


    Comprehensive and Brief Inventory of Thriving (CIT & BIT)

    10 items

    54 items

    Both long and short versions
    Covers multiple domains
    Translations available


    Mental Health Continuum Short and Long Form (MHC-SF)

    14 items

    40 items

    Multiple translations available
    Used mostly with adults but can be used with 12-18-year-olds
    Extensive overview with relatively few items


    Positive and Negative Affect Schedule (PANAS)

    20 items

    Has partner scale for children (see PANAS-C)
    Multiple translations available (French, German, Swedish)


    The PERMA Profiler

    23 items

    General overview of wellbeing
    Widely used

    Subjective Happiness Scale (SHS)The Satisfaction with Life Scale (SWL)Contentment with Life Assessment Scale (CLAS)Flourishing Scale (FS)The Oxford Happiness Questionnaire (OHQ)Comprehensive and Brief Inventory of Thriving (CIT & BIT)Mental Health Continuum Short and Long Form (MHC-SF)Positive and Negative Affect Schedule (PANAS)The PERMA Profiler

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