Five Factor Wellness Inventory (FF-WEL)

The Five Factor Wellness Inventory (FF-WEL) is used to help individuals make healthier living choices by assessing characteristics of wellness. The FF-WEL was developed from the Wellness Evaluation of Lifestyle (WEL) and measures the higher order wellness factor along with five second order factors and seventeen discrete scales. These factors are all measured using 74 scored items and a number of experimental items which include: a 6-item perceived safety scale, a 3-item perceived wellness scale and an 8-item context scale (demographics are also included).

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Reliability and Validity

Since there are three different versions of the FF-WEL to better evaluate individuals in different age groups, the FF-WEL is considered highly reliable and valid as a survey instrument. The three versions for age groups are: children – 3rd grade reading level, adolescents – 6th grade reading level, and teenagers and adults – 9th grade reading level.

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Dissertations that have used the Five Factor Wellness Inventory (FF-WEL)

Mirza, Annina Maheed. (June 2012). FF-WEL-A Urdu Version: Adaptation of Five Factor Wellness Inventory Adult Version into Urdu. (Marywood University)

O’Brien, Elizabeth R. (2007). The Relationship Between Master’s Level Counseling Practicum Students’ Wellness and Client Outcomes. (University of Central Florida).

Robinson, Dawn M. (January 2012). The Perceived Relationship between Wellness and Microaggressions in African American and Latina American Female Doctoral Students in Counselor Education Programs. (Georgia State University).


Hammer & Marting. (1987). Convergent and Divergent validity were investigated by comparing scores on various WEL scales to similar scales on instruments such as the Coping Resources Inventory.

Myers, Jane E. and Sweeney, Thomas J. Wellness Counseling: The Evidence Base for Practice. The American Counseling Association.