About the Measure

Domains Mental health and wellbeing
Key stages Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, Key Stage 5
Subscales This is a unidimensional measure
Description A very brief, global measure of life satisfaction adapted from the adult SWLS.
Example In most ways my life is close to the way I would want it to be
Link https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11205-009-9474-1#citeas

Implementation details

No. of items 5
Format Likert
Respondent Self
Scoring Standardised
Time 0
Age 9-18
Cost single purchase Free - Available
Cost per child Free - Available

Psychometric details

UK norms No
Cronbach's α .86
Test retest Not reported
Inter-rater reliability Not reported
EFA Single-factor so
CFA Non-parametric IRT modelling
Criterion validity Not reported
Construct validity Optimism (optimism subscale of the short form of the Resilience Inventory) r= .65; Self-concept (self-concept subscale of the Marsh Self
Description Questionnaire for preadolescents), r= .57; Self-efficacy (subscale of the short form of the Resilience Inventory), r= -.46
Concurrent validity Not reported
Predictive validity Not reported
Responsiveness Not reported
Floor/Ceiling Not reported
References Gadermann, A. M., Schonert-Reichl, K. A., & Zumbo, B. D. (2010). Investigating validity evidence of the satisfaction with life scale adapted for children. Social Indicators Research, 96(2), 229-247. doi:10.1007/s11205-009-9474-1