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The subjective wellbeing of Indigenous Australian adolescents: validating the Personal Wellbeing Index-School Children

Tomyn, Adrian J., Norrish, Jacolyn M. and Cummins, Robert A. 2013, The subjective wellbeing of Indigenous Australian adolescents: validating the Personal Wellbeing Index-School Children, Social indicators research, vol. 110, no. 3, pp. 1013-1031, doi: 10.1007/s11205-011-9970-y.

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Title The subjective wellbeing of Indigenous Australian adolescents: validating the Personal Wellbeing Index-School Children
Author(s) Tomyn, Adrian J.
Norrish, Jacolyn M.
Cummins, Robert A.
Journal name Social indicators research
Volume number 110
Issue number 3
Start page 1013
End page 1031
Total pages 19
Publisher Springer
Place of publication Dordrecht, The Netherlands
Publication date 2013-02
ISSN 0303-8300
1573-0921
Keyword(s) subjective wellbeing
Indigenous Australians
adolescents
Personal Wellbeing Index
Social Sciences
Social Sciences, Interdisciplinary
Sociology
Social Sciences - Other Topics
MENTAL-HEALTH
LIFE SATISFACTION
HAPPINESS
MODEL
STANDARD
CULTURE
QUALITY
EVENTS
ISSUES
RISK
Summary By almost all measures of objective life quality, Indigenous Australians are disadvantaged relative to the general population. However, no measures of their Subjective Wellbeing (SWB) have been published. This paper presents the first such data, norm-referenced to the general Australian population. A total of 519 Indigenous adolescents, aged between 12 and 19 years, were administered the Personal Wellbeing Index-School Children, which measures SWB. This scale is a parallel form of the Personal Wellbeing-Adult. The PWI-SC exhibited adequate psychometric properties. Moreover, consistent with SWB Homeostasis theory, participants' mean SWB was within the Australian adult normative range. However, female SWB was lower than males. These results suggest that Indigenous adolescents are resilient.
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/s11205-011-9970-y
Field of Research 160899 Sociology not elsewhere classified
1608 Sociology
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2011, Springer
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30075104

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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