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Canterbury Wellbeing Scales: directions and scales

Camic, Paul M

Hulbert, Sabina; Strohmaier, Sarah; Crutch, Sebastian; Homans, Karl; Brotherhood, Emilie

The Canterbury Wellbeing Scales (CWS) were developed in 2014-15 to assess subjective wellbeing in people with mild to moderate dementias, family caregivers, and professional caregivers who care for this population. Development of the CWS involved discussions between university researchers, people with dementia and caregivers of people with dementia, care staff who work with people with dementia, psychologists working with older age and younger aged people with dementias. The CWS is an easy to use visual analogue scale that assesses 'in the moment' wellbeing. It is usually administered before and after an activity and can be a one-off or used over time. Activities to date (10/2020) include music, singing, making visual art, viewing visual art, museum (and non-museum) object handling, golf, engaging in an app on a tablet computer, and non-intervention social breaks. It has been translated into Spanish and French by other researchers (to date) and we encourage future translations and use across other activities for these populations. It is suitable for use by people in the community as well as researchers. 

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