Social Indicators Research

, Volume 101, Issue 3, pp 405–418 | Cite as

The Subjective Wellbeing of High-School Students: Validating the Personal Wellbeing Index—School Children

  • Adrian J. Tomyn
  • Robert A. Cummins


The Personal Wellbeing Index—School Children (PWI-SC) is designed as a parallel form of the adult PWI-A, to measure subjective wellbeing. This study examines the psychometric properties of the PWI-SC. Data from 351 students, aged between 12 and 20 years, were collected by two independent studies over the years 2005–2006. Using the combined data, the results indicate good psychometric properties for the PWI-SC. It is also found that females have higher SWB but that both genders show an age-related decline in SWB from early to mid adolescence. Notably, School satisfaction meets the criteria for a new domain for the PWI-SC and should be considered for inclusion in a future revision of the scale. The use of the PWI-SC in schools can provide important information for the development of educational policy.


Subjective wellbeing Adolescents Personal Wellbeing Index High-school Students 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Health Sciences, Discipline of PsychologyRMIT UniversityBundooraAustralia
  2. 2.School of PsychologyDeakin UniversityBurwoodAustralia

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