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The Scottish Health Survey 2008

Published: 29 Sep 2009

The Scottish Health Survey 2008

The Scottish Health Survey 2008


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18. Three classifications of mental wellbeing were derived from responses to WEMWBS, these were above average mental well-being, average mental well-being and below average mental well-being. The multivariate analysis examined factors associated with below average mental wellbeing. A respondent with below average mental wellbeing is defined as someone whose score on WEMWBS is more than one standard deviation below the mean. This three-fold classification approach has previously been used in 'Well? What do you think (2008)' - the national survey of public attitudes to mental wellbeing and mental health problems. It has been devised solely for the purposes of analyses presented in these reports and is not based on any evidence that an average or below average score is problematic. Indeed, WEMWBS is normally distributed in the population which means that in a given population, most people should have average wellbeing.