Consumer understanding and responses to the terms 'wellness' and 'wellbeing'



Publication Details

McMahon, A., Tapsell, L. C., Williams, P., O'Shea, J. E. & Webbe, K. (2008). Consumer understanding and responses to the terms 'wellness' and 'wellbeing'. M. Riley In Dietetians Association of Australia 26th National Conference, 29-31 May, Gold Coast, Qld. Nutrition & Dietetics, 65 (Supplement 2), A37-A37.


Wellness and wellbeing are terms that have a long history of use related to health and capacity for individuals and the community within a broad range of disciplines. However understanding how individuals might interpret these terms within nutrition communications has not been clarified. Eight issue-focussed focus semi-qualitative focus groups and seven issue-focussed semi-structured interviews were conducted with a convenient non-probability purposive sample of 31 women. Final thematic analysis found a mixed response to terms ranging from assurance through confusion and distrust depending on the context and the deliverer of the terms.

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