The Wellbeing in Place Perceptions Scale: Structure, Validity, Reliability and Correlates During COVID Times

Corcoran, Rhiannon ORCID: 0000-0001-8900-9199, Ujhelyi Gomez, Katalin ORCID: 0000-0002-1396-9588, Simpson, Grace, Goodall, Mark ORCID: 0000-0002-4880-998X, Bennett, Kate ORCID: 0000-0002-2918-7628, Gabbay, Mark ORCID: 0000-0002-0126-8485, Wilson, Tim, Obe, Dorcas Akeju, Pennington, Andy ORCID: 0000-0002-3455-8825, Bagnall, Anne-Marie ORCID: 0000-0003-1512-0833
et al (show 1 more authors) (2023) The Wellbeing in Place Perceptions Scale: Structure, Validity, Reliability and Correlates During COVID Times. International Journal of Community Well-Being, 6 (3). pp. 259-278.

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<jats:title>Abstract</jats:title><jats:p>The influence of place-based factors on the physical and mental health of residents is well established and acknowledged within the population health approach to addressing health and wellbeing inequalities. The COVID-19 pandemic brought to the fore the issues that global communities face. The current UK policy context of ‘levelling up’ represents these concerns and the need to address them. This research examines perceptions of community wellbeing and its determinants as collected within a city region of the North West Coast of England during COVID restrictions between June and August 2020. The paper aims to establish the structure, construct validity and reliability of a new measure of community wellbeing - the Wellbeing in Place Perceptions Scale. Further, it aims to examine how this measure of community wellbeing correlated with symptoms of common mental health as reported by residents of this relatively disadvantaged city region during this unprecedented time. Results indicate that the WIPPS has a reliable and valid structure, correlating significantly with another widely used measure of sense of community and with the Index of Multiple Deprivation. Its relationship to self-reported common mental distress is also clear. Though in need of replication and longitudinal testing, the findings reported here on this new measure remind us that individual and place-based factors combine to influence wellbeing and that community needs to have an increasingly influential role to sustainably prevent future mental health challenges.</jats:p>

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Mental Health, Behavioral and Social Science, Basic Behavioral and Social Science, Generic health relevance, 3 Good Health and Well Being
Divisions: Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
Faculty of Health and Life Sciences > Institute of Population Health
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2023 13:54
Last Modified: 14 Mar 2024 22:04
DOI: 10.1007/s42413-023-00194-w
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