Wellness Interview Methods

Multi-Dimensional Model of Wellness:

Though researchers may disagree on the precise components that describe human wellness, there is a significant consensus around the idea that wellness is multi-dimensional. One model proposed by the National Wellness Institute offers six dimensions for wellness. Four of these are occupational, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual dimensions, which they define as follows:

  1. "The occupational dimension recognizes personal satisfaction and enrichment in one’s life through work...
  2. The intellectual dimension recognizes one’s creative, stimulating mental activities...
  3. The emotional dimension recognizes awareness and acceptance of feelings...
  4. The spiritual dimension recognizes our search for meaning and purpose in human existence."1

Wellness may also involve social, environmental, and physical dimensions, which we address and evaluate among stakeholders through our social, environmental, and health impacts.

 

Methodology for Wellness Interviews:

All primary stakeholders including the manager, seamstresses, tailors, cloth-makers, knitters, and the taxi driver at the workshop partnership were interviewed on-site at the workshop over a period of three days in August 2017. In total, eleven interviews were conducted. Each interview took between twenty to thirty minutes and was conducted with the manager present. The interviews were conducted by the project founder, DL Lundberg, who was present for the site visit. Interviews were conducted in English or translated at the time of the interview by the manager from Ga or Twi to English. The interviewer transcribed responded as the interviewees spoke and recorded their answers via audio recorder for any clarifications. 

In addition to collecting basic demographic information including name, occupation, family status, and their gender, the interviewer asked seven questions:

  1. In what ways do you make a positive impact for this workshop and your community?
  2. What do you hope to achieve in one to three years as a result of working here? What have you already achieved? 
  3. In what ways has your work affected your health? How do you manage stress or fatigue resulting from this work?
  4. Since starting this work, what skills and knowledge have you gained? What new challenges, skills, or knowledge do you seek?
  5. Since starting this work, what are some experiences that you have enjoyed and that found frustrating?
  6. Describe two significant relationships in your life. How have they been affected by your work here?
  7. In your opinion, can the workshop make any changes to improve your day-to-day experience and wellness?

Responses to each question were analyzed for themes corresponding to the four dimensions of wellness under analysis - occupational, intellectual, emotional and spiritual.