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PURPOSE: To investigate the construct validity of the ICECAP-A capability wellbeing measure. METHODS: A face-to-face interview-administered survey was conducted with 418 members of the UK general population, randomly sampled from the Postcode Address File. Pre-specified hypotheses were developed about the expected associations between individuals' ICECAP-A responses and their socio-economic circumstances, health and freedom. The hypotheses were investigated using statistical tests of association. RESULTS: The ICECAP-A responses and scores reflected differences across different health and socioeconomic groups as anticipated, but did not distinguish individuals by the level of local deprivation. Mean ICECAP-A scores reflected individuals' perceived freedom slightly more closely than did measures of health and happiness. CONCLUSION: This study suggests that the ICECAP-A measure can identify expected differences in capability wellbeing in a general population sample. Further work could establish whether self-reported capabilities exhibit desirable validity and acceptability in sub-groups of the population such as patients, social care recipients and informal carers.
Al-Janabi, H., Peters, T. J., Brazier, J., Bryan, S., Flynn, T. N., Clemens, S., Moody, A., & Coast, J. (2012). An investigation of the construct validity of the ICECAP-A capability measure. Quality of Life Research. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11136-012-0293-5