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Vet J. 2011 Mar;187(3):397-8. doi: 10.1016/j.tvjl.2010.02.010. Epub 2010 Mar 19.

Validation of the Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Well-being Scale (WEMWBS) as an overall indicator of population mental health and well-being in the UK veterinary profession.

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University Department of Mental Health, Division of Clinical Neurosciences, School of Medicine, University of Southampton, Royal South Hants Hospital, Brintons Terrace, Southampton SO14 0YG, UK.


The Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Well-being Scale (WEMWBS) was evaluated as an indicator of mental health and well-being within the veterinary profession in a cross-sectional study among a representative sample of 3200 veterinary surgeons practising in the UK. The WEMWBS mean score for the sample was 48.85 (95% confidence interval 48.43-49.28). The score showed a negative correlation with anxiety and depressive symptoms and a positive correlation with favourable psychosocial working conditions. A 1 unit increase in score was associated with reduced odds of reporting having experienced suicidal thoughts in the previous 12 months, and reduced odds of reporting depressive or anxiety symptoms of clinical significance. The results support the validity of the scale as an overall indicator of population mental health and well-being for this occupational group.

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