DOI: 10.1177/10731911241229060 ISSN: 1073-1911

Reliability and Validity of a Multidimensional Measure of Subjective Community Well-Being

R. Noah Padgett, Matthew T. Lee, Renae Wilkinson, Heather Tsavaris, Tyler J. VanderWeele
  • Applied Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology

An individual’s flourishing is sustained by and dependent on their community’s well-being. We provide one of the first studies of a measure of communal subjective well-being, focusing on individuals’ relationships with their community. Using two samples from the Greater Columbus, Ohio region, we provide evidence of the reliability and validity of the Subjective Community Well-being (SCWB) assessment. The five domains of the SCWB are Good Relationships (α = .92), Proficient Leadership (α = .93), Healthy Practices (α = .92), Satisfying Community (α = .88), and Strong Mission (α = .81). A community-based sample ( N = 1,435) and an online sample of Columbus residents ( N = 692) were scored on the SCWB and compared across domains. We found evidence that the SCWB scores differentiate between active and less active community members. We discuss the appropriate uses of the SCWB as a measure of well-being and provide recommendations for research that could profitably utilize the SCWB measure to examine community well-being.

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