THE DEVELOPMENT AND INITIAL VALIDATION OF THE WELLBEING BENEFITS OF EVERYDAY ACTIVITIES SCALE (WBEAS) AND THE HAIRSTYLIST VISIT QUESTIONNAIRE (HVQ): A SHORT REPORT.

John Barry (john.barry@ucl.ac.uk)
University College London, Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology, Faculty of Brain Sciences, London WC1E 6BT
Tamika Roper (roper.tamika@gmail.com)
Dept of Psychology, Royal Holloway University of London, London

Abstract


Background: In general, men seek psychological help less than women do. It could be that men find mental health benefits in other, more everyday, activities e.g. talking with their barber. This study aimed to develop questionnaires to measure the psychological benefits of (a) everyday activities of various kinds, and (b) visiting a hairstylist.

Methods: Cross-sectional online survey. 242 adults completed the questionnaires. Responses were analysed using standard questionnaire development methodology.

Results: The two questionnaires showed good psychometric properties in terms of good factor structure, internal reliability and construct validity.

Conclusions: The two new questionnaires have been successfully applied to an online sample (see Roper & Barry, 2016). The WBEAS may prove useful in the assessment of various everyday activities such as Men's Sheds.


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