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Table 2 Descriptive statistics and Cronbach’s alpha coefficients across subscales in subsets of the population

From: A UK validation of a general measure of subjective well-being: the modified BBC subjective well-being scale (BBC-SWB)

   Total well-being score Psychological well-being subscale Physical health and well-being subscale Relationships subscale
  n M (SD) α M (SD) α M (SD) α M (SD) α
Gender
 Male 9112 74.2 (17.0) .94 37.3 (9.6) .93 22.2 (5.0) .80 14.7 (4.3) .82
 Female 14,229 73.9 (16.8) .94 36.8 (9.5) .93 21.9 (5.0) .80 15.2 (4.2) .81
Age
 18–34 years 8020 74.7 (17.0) .94 37.3 (9.7) .93 22.0 (5.1) .80 15.3 (4.3) .81
 35–54 years 10,433 72.8 (16.8) .95 36.3 (9.5) .94 21.7 (5.0) .80 14.8 (4.2) .82
 55–74 years 4767 75.7 (16.4) .95 37.9 (9.2) .93 22.7 (4.9) .81 15.0 (4.1) .82
 75 years and above 121 74.9 (14.9) .93 38.0 (8.2) .91 22.1 (4.9) .81 14.8 (3.6) .74
Ethnic group
 White 22,311 74.1 (16.8) .94 37.0 (9.5) .93 21.5 (5.4) .80 15.0 (4.2) .82
 Black minority 762 72.8 (17.8) .94 36.9 (10.1) .93 22.1 (5.0) .82 14.5 (4.4) .82
 Ethnic          
Educational level
 ‘A Levels’ (Age 18) or equivalent 6233 70.3 (17.8) .95 35.0 (10.1) .94 20.8 (5.3) .81 14.5 (4.4) .81
 Degree/Professional qualification 17,108 75.4 (16.3) .94 37.7 (9.2) .93 22.5 (4.9) .80 15.2 (4.2) .82
Occupational status*
 Employed 17,563 74.5 (16.5) .94 37.9 (9.4) .93 22.2 (4.8) .90 15.1 (4.2) .82
 Unemployed 1252 62.4 (18.0) .94 30.9 (10.0) .93 18.2 (5.6) .81 13.3 (4.4) .81
Relationship status
 In a relationship 16,066 75.6 (16.4) .94 37.6 (9.3) .93 22.2 (5.0) .80 15.8 (4.0) .81
 Single 7275 70.5 (17.1) .94 35.6 (9.8) .93 2.0 (5.2) .81 13.4 (4.1) .80
Mental health
 Depressed** 5074 58.6 (13.7) .91 28.3 (7.7) .89 18.0 (4.5) .72 15.8 (4.0) .78
 Non-depressed 18,267 78.9 (15.0) .93 39.4 (8.5) .92 23.2 (4.6) .77 16.2 (3.9) .80
 Anxious** 8079 63.6 (15.1) .93 31.5 (8.7) .92 18.8 (4.6) .74 13.3 (4.1) .79
 Non-anxious 15,262 79.6 (15.0) .93 39.9 (8.6) .91 23.7 (4.4) .76 15.9 (4.1) .80
  1. *Of those of working age.
  2. **Score of > 6 on the Goldberg Anxiety and Depression Scales.