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Discourse on wellbeing in research and practice

Discourse on wellbeing in research and practice

La Placa, Vincent, McNaught, Allan and Knight, Anneyce (2013) Discourse on wellbeing in research and practice. International Journal of Wellbeing, 3 (1). pp. 116-125. ISSN 1179-8602 (doi:

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The aim of this article is to consider debates around the contested nature of concepts of wellbeing in health and social science research and practice, given that government policy discourse centres around the importance of wellbeing as a tool for making policy and evaluating outcomes. It draws attention to the work of McNaught (2011). He has developed a definitional framework of wellbeing, locating it within a macro concept or area of study concerned with the objective and subjective assessment of how individuals strive, thrive and function. The framework broadens wellbeing to a range of different domains beyond individual subjectivity and extracts it from traditional affiliations with health to incorporate the family, community and society as a whole. The active individual is at the centre of the framework but influences on wellbeing are extended to the other domains. The article argues that the framework provides a point of reference that facilitates the following. Firstly, the framework has capacity to bring some clarity, inclusiveness and holism to research and practice. Secondly, it is useful as tool to enhance theoretical frameworks and guide the design and development of both health and wellbeing interventions. Thirdly, it provides the philosophical underpinnings for wellbeing policy development.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: wellbeing, definitional framework, holistic research, theoretical framework, policy development, well-being
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Health & Social Care
School of Health & Social Care > Department of Social Work & Health Development
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2016 09:22

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