Five Factor Wellness Inventory

 

Authors: Jane E. Myers & Thomas J. Sweeney

The Five Factor Wellness Inventory (FFWEL) is an evidence-based tool used to assess wellness characteristics as a basis for helping individuals make choices for healthier living. Developed through structural equation modeling analysis of a large database from the Wellness Evaluation of Lifestyle (WEL), the FFWEL measures the higher order Wellness factor, 5 second-order factors and 17 discrete scales as illustrated in the Indivisible Self: An Evidence-based Model of Wellness. These scales are measured using 74 scored items and a number of experimental items, including perceived safety, perceived wellness, and context scales. Demographic items are also included.

The WEL and the FFWEL have been used to study wellness in relation to diverse psychological constructs and demographic indices. These have also been used for program evaluation.

Please note that two additional forms are included in the FFWEL Manual: FFWEL-T for adolescents with a 6th grade reading level or above, and FFWEL-E for elementary school aged children with a 3rd grade reading level or above.

Copyright © 2005, 2014 by Jane E. Myers & Thomas J. Sweeney

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Features of the FFWEL

Purpose: Assess characteristics of wellness as a basis for helping individuals make choices for healthier living

Length

Adult Form: 91 items
Teen Form: 97 items
Elementary Form: 94 items

Average completion time: 20-25 minutes

Target populations

Adult Form: 9th grade or above
Teen Form: 6th grade or above
Elementary Form: 3rd grade or above

Administration: For individual or group administration

Norms in Manual: Provides normative comparison of 3,343 adults and 1,142 teens

Uses of the FFWEL

  • Wellness studies
  • Wellness program evaluation
  • Physical Health assessment and improvement
  • Self-Understanding
  • Mental Health assessment and management

Scales

The Five Factor Wellness Inventory measures Overall Wellness, as well as five second-order factors containing seventeen discrete scales. The scales are listed below by second-order factor.

Creative Self:
Thinking
Emotions
Control
Work
Positive Humor

Coping Self:
Leisure
Stress Management
Self Worth
Realistic Beliefs

Social Self:
Friendship
Love

Essential Self:
Spirituality
Gender Identity
Cultural Identity
Self-Care

Physical Self:
Exercise
Nutrition

The final two scales include items based on context and one item covering overall life satisfaction, respectively.

Contextual Variables:
Local Context
Institutional Context
Global Context
Chronometrical Context

Life Satisfaction Index

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These translations are available free of charge with your purchase of the license. Each PDF file contains the English forms and the translated forms on separate pages. To order, select your language from the Translation drop-down list on the product page. Need multiple translations? Contact us.

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Note: We cannot assure translation quality — many are made by individual researchers and we are not necessarily familiar with the particular language or dialect. Some of the translations are partial and typically do not have validation data. Basically, we offer whatever is available to facilitate your work.

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A key book relevant to the Five Factor Wellness Inventory and Wellness Evaluation of Lifestyle is
Counseling for Wellness: Theory, Research, and Practice by Jane E. Myers and Thomas J. Sweeney (Editors), American Counseling Association (2005).

Web resources include:
Wellness research
www.csi-net.org
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Bigbee, A. (2008). The relationship between religion, social interest, and wellness in adults. Dissertation Abstracts International Section A: Humanities and Social Sciences, 69(7-A), 2614.

Bilot, J. (2012). The relationship between wellness and burnout among novice counselors. Dissertation Abstracts International Section A: Humanities and Social Sciences, 74(2- A)(E).

Brasfield, M. W. (2015). Wellness as a mitigating factor against burnout for public school teachers. Dissertation Abstracts International Section A: Humanities and Social Sciences, 77(2-A)(E).

Chilton, J. M., Haas, B. K., & Gosselin, K. P. (2014). The effect of a wellness program on adolescent females. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 36, 581-598.

Deaner, R. G. (2006). To what extent can the study of early recollections predict wellness for counselor education students? Dissertation Abstracts International: Section B: The Sciences and Engineering, 67(9-B), 5395.

Degges-White, S., & Myers, J. E. (2007). Transitions, subjective age, wellness, and life satisfaction: A comparison between lesbians and heterosexual women in midlife. Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling, 1, 21-43.

Degges-White, S., Myers, J. E., Adelman, J. U., & Pastoor, D. D. (2003). Examining counseling needs of headache patients: An exploratory study of wellness and perceived stress. Journal of Mental Health Counseling, 25, 271-290. doi:10.17744/mehc.25.4.yxyewlgbmm8ufq6c

Egan, A. N. (2014). The influence of wellness and deployment on relationship satisfaction. Dissertation Abstracts International: Section B: The Sciences and Engineering, 75(10- B)(E).

Foster, T., Steen, L., O'Ryan, L., & Nelson, J. (2016). Examining how the Adlerian life tasks predict anxiety in first-year counseling students. The Journal of Individual Psychology, 72, 104-120. doi:10.1353/jip.2016.0009

Gibson, D. M., & Myers, J. E. (2006). Perceived stress, wellness, and mattering: A profile of first year Citadel cadets. Journal of College Student Development, 47, 647-660. doi:10.1353/csd.2006.0065

Gill, C. S., Barrio Minton, C. A., & Myers, J. E. (2010). Spirituality and religiosity: Factors affecting wellness among low-income, rural women. Journal of Counseling & Development, 88, 293-302. doi:10.1002/j.1556-6678.2010.tb00025.x

Gillingham, S. (2009). The relationship between multiple indicators of wellness and parental stress in foster parents. Dissertation Abstracts International: Section B: The Sciences and Engineering, 70(9-B), 5818.

Hattie, J. A., Myers, J. E., & Sweeney, T. J. (2004). A factor structure of wellness: Theory, assessment, analysis, and practice. Journal of Counseling & Development, 82, 354-365. doi:10.1002/j.1556-6678.2004.tb00321.x

Heath, W. M. (2014). A wellness profile of student-veterans at 4-year higher education institutions: The role of gender, combat tours, and deployment. Dissertation Abstracts International: Section B: The Sciences and Engineering, 76(4-B)(E).

Hollingsworth, M. A. (2010). Relationship of friends, physical education, and state test scores: Implications for school counselors. Journal of School Counseling, 8.

Jang, Y. J., Lee, J., Puig, A., & Lee, S. M. (2012). Factorial invariance and latent mean differences for the Five Factor Wellness Inventory with Korean and American counselors. Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development, 45, 71-83. doi:10.1177/0748175611427915

Kahlo, D. M. (2009). The relationship between gratitude and multiple dimensions of wellness. Dissertation Abstracts International: Section B: The Sciences and Engineering, 70(10- B), 6556.

Kirchner, E. D. (2014). Occupational demographics, professional quality of life, and wellness levels among public school educators. Dissertation Abstracts International: Section B: The Sciences and Engineering, Vol 76(4-B)(E).

Lambie, G. W., Smith, H. L., & Ieva, K. P. (2009). Graduate counseling students' levels of ego development, wellness, and psychological disturbance: An exploratory investigation. Adultspan, 8, 114-127. doi:10.1002/j.2161-0029.2009.tb00064.x

Lawson, G., & Myers, J. E. (2011). Wellness, professional quality of life, and career-sustaining behaviors: What keeps us well? Journal of Counseling & Development, 89, 163-171.

Lemon, J. C., & Watson, J. C. (2011). Early identification of potential high school dropouts: An investigation of the relationship among at-risk status, wellness, perceived stress, and mattering. Journal of At-Risk Issues, 16, 17-23.

Lenz, A. S., Sangganjanavanich, V. F., Balkin, R. S., Oliver, M., & Smith, R. L. (2012). Wellness model of supervision: A comparative analysis. Counselor Education and Supervision, 51, 207-221. doi:10.1002/j.1556-6978.2012.00015.x

Lewis, T. F., & Myers, J. E. (2010). Wellness factors as predictors of alcohol use among undergraduates: Implications for prevention and intervention. Journal of College Counseling, 13, 111-125.

Lewis, T. F., & Myers, J. E. (2012). Wellness factors decrease the odds of drinking and driving among college students. Journal of Addictions & Offender Counseling, 33, 93-106. doi:10.1002/j.2161-1874.2012.00007.x

Maley, R. J. (2008). The relationship between nursing assistants' wellness and caregiver satisfaction. Dissertation Abstracts International: Section B: The Sciences and Engineering, 70(5-B), 2835.

McNeely, A. R. (2010). Differences among community college students on dimensions of wellness as measured by the 5f-wel-a. Dissertation Abstracts International: Section B: The Sciences and Engineering, 71(9-B), 5820.

Moorhead, H. J. H., Gill, C., Minton, C. A. B., & Myers, J. E. (2012). Forgive and forget? Forgiveness, personality, and wellness among counselors‐in‐training. Counseling and Values, 57, 81-95. doi:10.1002/j.2161-007X.2012.00010.x

Myers, J. E., & Degges-White, S. (2007). Aging well in an upscale retirement community: The relationships among perceived stress, mattering, and wellness. Adultspan, 6, 96-110. doi:10.1002/j.2161-0029.2007.tb00035.x

Myers, J. E., & Mobley, A. K. (2004). Wellness of undergraduates: Comparisons of traditional and nontraditional students. Journal of College Counseling, 7, 40-49. doi:10.1002/j.2161- 1882.2004.tb00258.x

Myers, J. E., Willse, J. T., & Villalba, J. A. (2011). Promoting self‐esteem in adolescents: The influence of wellness factors. Journal of Counseling & Development, 89, 28-36. doi:10.1002/j.1556-6678.2011.tb00058.x

Mynatt, B. S., Heidel, R. E., & STUDER, J. R. (2014). Bullying: A wellness concern among Appalachian youth. Journal of Humanistic Counseling, 53, 86-100. doi:10.1002/j.2161- 1939.2014.00051.x

Owens, Pamela K. (2009). Exploration Linking Self-Reported Disordered Eating and Wellness in Undergraduate Health Students. Online Submission. Morehead State University 64 pp. (ED532166)

Perepiczka, M., & Balkin, R. S. (2010). Relationship between wellness and age, matriculation, and relationship status of counselor education doctoral students. Journal of Humanistic Counseling, Education & Development. 49, 203-216.

Phillips, J. L. (2005). Holistic wellness: A study of lifestyle choices among religious adults. Dissertation Abstracts International: Section B: The Sciences and Engineering, 67(1-B), 525.

Puig, A., Baggs, A., Mixon, K., Park, Y. M., Kim, B. Y., & Lee, S. M. (2012). Relationship between job burnout and personal wellness in mental health professionals. Journal of Employment Counseling, 49, 98-109. doi:10.1002/j.2161-1920.2012.00010.x

Rachele, J. N., Cuddihy, T. F., Washington, T. L., & McPhail, S. M. (2013). Reliability of the Five Factor Wellness Inventory among male adolescents. The Journal of Individual Psychology, 69, 118-132.

Randolph, C. G. (2010). Levels of burnout and wellness: Public versus private sector counselors. Dissertation Abstracts International Section A: Humanities and Social Sciences, 71(11-A), 3899.

Reese, R. F. (2013). Ecowellness: Construction and validation of the Reese Ecowellness Inventory. Dissertation Abstracts International: Section B: The Sciences and Engineering, 74(11-B)(E).

Roach, L. F. (2005). The influence of counselor education programs on counselor wellness. Dissertation Abstracts International Section A: Humanities and Social Sciences, 66(6-A), 2117.

Shannonhouse, L., Myers, J., Barden, S., Clarke, P., Weimann, R., Forti, A…Porter, M. (2014). Finding your new normal: Outcomes of a wellness-oriented psychoeducational support group for cancer survivors. Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 39(1), 3-28. doi:10.1080/01933922.2013.863257

Shurts, W. M., & Myers, J. E. (2008). An examination of liking, love styles, and wellness among emerging adults: Implications for social wellness and development. Adultspan, 7, 51-68. doi:10.1002/j.2161-0029.2008.tb00046.x

Sinclair, S. L., & Myers, J. E. (2004). The relationship between objectified body consciousness and wellness in a group of college women. Journal of College Counseling, 7, 150-161. doi:10.1002/j.2161-1882.2004.tb00246.

Smith, H. L., Robinson, E. H. III, & Young, M. E. (2007). The relationship among wellness, psychological distress, and social desirability of entering master's-level counselor trainees. Counselor Education and Supervision, 47, 96-109. doi:10.1002/j.1556- 6978.2007.tb00041.x

Smithson, K. L. (2011). The relationship among social connectedness, meaning in life, and wellness for adult women in Levinson's Mid-Life Transition Stage. Dissertation Abstracts International: Section B: The Sciences and Engineering, 73(1-B), 666.

Stalnaker-Shofner, D. M., & Manyam, S. B. (2014). The effect of a wellness intervention on the total wellness of counseling practicum graduate students. Practitioner Scholar: Journal of Counseling & Professional Psychology, 3, 48-62.

Storlie, C. A., & Smith, C. K. (2012). The effects of a wellness intervention in supervision. The Clinical Supervisor, 31, 228-239. doi:10.1080/07325223.2013.732504

Tatar, M., & Myers, J. E. (2010). Wellness of children in Israel and the United States: A preliminary examination of culture and well-being. Counselling Psychology Quarterly, 23, 17-33. doi:10.1080/09515071003718384

Underwood, N. G. (2015). Moderating factors between self-efficacy and role stressors for high school counselors. Dissertation Abstracts International Section A: Humanities and Social Sciences, 76(10-A)(E).

Villalba, J. A., & Myers, J. E. (2008). Effectiveness of wellness-based classroom guidance in elementary school settings: A pilot study. Journal of School Counseling, 6(9).

Watson, J. C., Harper, S., Ratliff, L., & Singleton, S. (2010). Holistic wellness and perceived stress: Predicting job satisfaction among beginning teachers. Research in the Schools, 17, 29-37.

Watson, J. C., & Kissinger, D. B. (2007). Athletic participation and wellness: Implications for counseling college student-athletes. Journal of College Counseling, 10, 153-162.

Watson, J. C., & Lemon, J. C. (2011). A profile of adolescent wellness: Implications for working with a help-seeking population. Journal of Humanistic Counseling, 50, 70-83. doi:10.1002/j.2161-1939.2011.tb00107.x

Wester, K. L., Trepal, H. C., & Myers, J. E. (2009). Wellness of counselor educators: An initial look. Journal of Humanistic Counseling, Education and Development, 48, 91-109.

Williams, A. M., Helm, H. M., Clemens, E. V. (2012). The effect of childhood trauma, personal wellness, supervisory working alliance, and organizational factors on vicarious traumatization. Journal of Mental Health Counseling, 34, 133-153. doi:10.17744/mehc.34.2.j3l62k872325h583

Williams, P. D. (2012). Holistic wellness factors of traditional and non-traditional community college students. ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Mississippi State University. 133 pp. (ED549694).

Wirth, J. L-R. (2012). The effect of a classroom intervention on adolescent wellness, success skills, and academic performance. Dissertation Abstracts International Section A: Humanities and Social Sciences, 74(2-A)(E).

Wolf, C. P., Thompson, I. A., Thompson, E. S., & Smith-Adcock, S. (2014). Refresh your mind, rejuvenate your body, renew your spirit: A pilot wellness program for counselor education. The Journal of Individual Psychology, 70(1), 57-75. doi:10.1353/jip.2014.0001

Young, T. L., Reysen, R., Eskridge, T., & Ohrt, J. H. (2013). Personal growth groups: Measuring outcome and evaluating impact. Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 38, 52-67. doi:10.1080/01933922.2012.745915

Young, T. L., Turnage-Butterbaugh, I., Degges-White, S., & Mossing, S. (2015). Wellness among undergraduate students on academic probation: Implications for college counselors. Journal of College Counseling, 18, 222-232. doi:10.1002/jocc.12016
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