Current measures of well-being have most commonly been developed to measure well-being in a manner consistent with how it is conceptualized in individualistic, Western cultures. The Multidimensional Well-Being Assessment (MWA) was developed based on the multidimensional contextual model of well-being and is intentionally culturally inclusive. A non-random sample of 259 Koreans and Korean Americans participated in a study to examine the psychometric properties of the MWA. In addition, a number of demographic variables (e.g., gender, age, immigration status, and financial status) were evaluated to explore correlates of well-being. The MWA demonstrated robust internal consistency as well as strong validity with multiple measures of well-being and distress. Significant group differences in multidimensional well-being were found on gender, age, and financial status. Methodological limitations are acknowledged, and implications for future study are discussed.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Dissertations (PsyD) -- Psychology; Well-being -- Cross cultural studies; Koreans -- Psychology; Korean Americans -- Psychology
Date of Award
Graduate School of Education and Psychology
Harrell, Shelly P.;
Lee, Esther, "Assessing the well-being Koreans and Korean Americans: psychometric validation study for a multidimensional assessment of well-being" (2017). Theses and Dissertations. 892.