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Release: Measuring Subjective Wellbeing in the UK, Analysis of Experimental Subjective Well-being Data from the Annual Population Survey, April - September 2011

Released: 28 February 2012


Lucy Tinkler

Measuring National Well-being

Telephone: +44 (0)1633 655713

Categories: People and Places, Communities, Societal Wellbeing, Population, Population Change, Population Estimates

Frequency of release: Ad-hoc

Language: English

Geographical coverage: UK

Geographical breakdown: UK and GB

This report reviews:

  • What is subjective wellbeing and why should we measure it?

  • How subjective wellbeing is currently measured in the UK - what subjective wellbeing questions are already being asked on major social surveys in the UK,

  • The potential uses of subjective wellbeing data collected via these surveys.

It concludes that subjective wellbeing is a valid construct that can be measured reliably. This is the first output of ONS's work on subjective wellbeing.

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