08 Feb '12, 4am

New tool developed by IMH lets you measure your well-being - like a Singapore-specific Happiness Index

SINGAPORE - Singaporeans can now better assess their mental well-being using a new tool developed by the Institute of Mental Health (IMH). The positive mental health instrument is one of the first validated scales developed in Asia that is culturally and locally relevant to the population, said the IMH. It can be used as an alternative to other measurements of well-being, such as the Gross Domestic Product or Happiness Index. Instruments used to measure mental health and well-being are largely developed and used within Western populations, which compromise their validity in other cultures, the institute noted. This new tool has 47 statements that describe how one reacts in stressful situations. Individuals rate how accurately each statement describes them on a scale of one to six. The higher the number, the more positive one's mental health is. The assessment tool, which c...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/Singapore/EDC120208-0000035/He...

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