Personal Wellbeing Index – Adult (PWI-A)

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International Wellbeing Group (2013). Personal Wellbeing Index: 5th Edition. Melbourne: Australian Centre on Quality of Life, Deakin University.
General information
Purpose The Personal Wellbeing Index – Adult (PWI-A) can be used to assess the subjective quality of life dimensions (i.e., subjective wellbeing) defined as feelings of happiness or satisfaction about one’s life in an adult population.
Domain(s) Life Satisfaction
Target population Adult
Number of items 9
Administration format self-report
Additional formats
Alternate forms

PWI- SC: designed for use with school-age children and adolescents;

PWI-ID: designed for use with people who have an intellectual disability or other form of cognitive impairment.

Availability in other languages Chinese, Arabic, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Farsi, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Malaysian, Maltese, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovakia, Spanish, Tibetan, Turkish
Fee for use
Related information on use of the measure

A copy of the Austraian Unity Well-Being Index: Personal Well-Being Index can be found here.

Non-exhaustive list of psychometric studies

Forjaz, M. J., Ayala, A., Rodriguez-Blazquez, C., Prieto-Flores, M. -., Fernandez-Mayoralas, G., Rojo-Perez, F., & Martinez-Martin, P. (2012). Rasch analysis of the international wellbeing index in older adults. International Psychogeriatrics, 24(2), 324-332. doi:10.1017/S104161021100158X

McIntyre, E., Saliba, A., & McKenzie, K. (2020). Subjective wellbeing in the Indian general population: A validation study of the personal wellbeing index. Quality of Life Research, 29(4), 1073-1081. doi:10.1007/s11136-019-02375-7

Misajon, R. A., Pallant, J., & Bliuc, A. -. (2016). Rasch analysis of the personal wellbeing index. Quality of Life Research, 25(10), 2565-2569. doi:10.1007/s11136-016-1302-x

Rodriguez-Blazquez, C., Frades-Payo, B., Forjaz, M. J., Ayala, A., Martinez-Martin, P., Fernandez-Mayoralas, G., & Rojo-Perez, F. (2011). Psychometric properties of the international wellbeing index in community-dwelling older adults. International Psychogeriatrics, 23(1), 161-169. doi:10.1017/S104161021000092X

Tomyn, A. J., Fuller Tyszkiewicz, M. D., & Cummins, R. A. (2013). The Personal Wellbeing Index: Psychometric Equivalence for Adults and School Children. Social Indicators Research, 110(3), 913–924.

Lau, A. L. D., Cummins, R. A., & Mcpherson, W. (2005). An Investigation into the Cross-Cultural Equivalence of the Personal Wellbeing Index. Social Indicators Research, 72(3), 403–430.

Additional information

The Australian Unity Well-Being Index is composed of two sections:

  1. The Personal Well-Being Index
  2. The International Well-Being Group

This repository will only focus on the Personal Well-Being Index

More information about the Australian Unity Well-Being Index can be found here.

Forms for verbal and written versions are found here.