General Well-Being Schedule (GWBS)
Description: An index of general well-being.
Format: 18 items asking about life satisfaction and level of psychological distress. There are 6 subscales measuring anxiety, depression, positive well-being, self-control, vitality, and general health.
Scoring: There is a total score running from 0 to 110 with lower scores indicating more severe distress. The three levels of distress are sectioned accordingly: 0 to 60 reflect ‘severe distress’; 61 to 72 ‘moderate distress’; and 73 to 110 ‘positive well being’. Scores can be narrowed further into severe, serious, distress, stress problem, marginal, low positive and positive well-being.
Administration and Burden: Self-administered.
Psychometrics for SCI: Not available.
QoL Concept: The GWBS measures Life Satisfaction, which corresponds to Box E (subjective evaluations and reactions; life satisfaction) of Dijker’s Model.
Permissions/Where to Obtain: Public Domain; The GWBS can be obtained from:
Dupuy HJ (1977). The General Well-being Schedule. In I McDowell, C Newell (Eds.), Measuring health: a guide to rating scales and questionnaire (2nd ed) (pp. 206-213). USA: Oxford University Press.
**CLICK ON THE LISTED SECONDARY HEALTH CONDITIONS ON THE RIGHT TO READ HOW THE GWBS HAS BEEN USED WITH A PARTICULAR CONDITION**