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

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posted on 01.02.2013, 00:00 authored by Adrian Tomyn, J M Norrish, Robert CumminsRobert Cummins
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.

History

Journal

Social indicators research

Volume

110

Issue

3

Pagination

1013 - 1031

Publisher

Springer

Location

Dordrecht, The Netherlands

ISSN

0303-8300

eISSN

1573-0921

Language

eng

Publication classification

C Journal article; C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2011, Springer