Quality of Life Concepts

Secondary Health Conditions

General Well-Being Schedule (GWBS)

Description: An index of general well-being.

Format: 18 items asking about life satisfaction and level of psychological distress. There are 6 subscales measuring anxiety, depression, positive well-being, self-control, vitality, and general health.

Scoring: There is a total score running from 0 to 110 with lower scores indicating more severe distress. The three levels of distress are sectioned accordingly: 0 to 60 reflect 'severe distress'; 61 to 72 'moderate distress'; and 73 to 110 'positive well being'. Scores can be narrowed further into severe, serious, distress, stress problem, marginal, low positive and positive well-being.

Administration and Burden: Self-administered.

Psychometrics for SCI: Not available.

Languages: English.

QoL Concept: The GWBS measures Life Satisfaction, which corresponds to Box E (subjective evaluations and reactions; life satisfaction) of Dijker’s Model.

Permissions/Where to Obtain: Public Domain; The GWBS can be obtained from:

Dupuy HJ (1977). The General Well-being Schedule. In I McDowell, C Newell (Eds.), Measuring health: a guide to rating scales and questionnaire (2nd ed) (pp. 206-213). USA: Oxford University Press.

CLICK ON THE LISTED SECONDARY HEALTH CONDITIONS ON THE LEFT TO READ HOW THE GWBS HAS BEEN USED WITH A PARTICULAR CONDITION

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