Publication Date

2017-07-27

Availability

Open access

Embargo Period

2017-07-27

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PHD)

Department

Educational and Psychological Studies (Education)

Date of Defense

2017-03-30

First Committee Member

Isaac Prilleltensky

Second Committee Member

Daniel Santisteban

Third Committee Member

Ora Prilleltensky

Fourth Committee Member

Guillermo Prado

Fifth Committee Member

Nicholas Myers

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to validate two new scales on actions and feelings for well-being in key areas of life. The I COPPE Actions Scale and the I COPPE Feelings Scale measure Interpersonal, Community, Occupational, Physical, Psychological, and Economic (I COPPE) well-being. A total of 478 University of Miami employees provided online responses to the I COPPE Actions and Feelings Scales. Confirmatory factor analysis was used to examine the a priori hypothesized correlated six-factor structure for responses to the I COPPE Actions and Feelings Scales. Multiple group confirmatory factor analysis was used to evaluate measurement invariance across gender for the I COPPE Actions and Feelings Scales. There was strong empirical evidence to support the hypothesized factor structure of the I COPPE Actions Scale. While there was inadequate empirical evidence to support the hypothesized factor structure of the I COPPE Feelings Scale, a slightly modified model achieved acceptable fit. Partial strict invariance with equal factor variances and covariances was met across gender for the I COPPE Actions Scale; however, measurement invariance did not hold across gender for the I COPPE Feelings Scale. The ability of these scales to measure multidimensional well-being through actions and feelings in two separate but conceptually related measures is a potential contribution to the growing body of literature on well-being.

Keywords

confirmatory factor analysis; measurement invariance; validity; well-being; wellness

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