The Satisfaction with Life Scale

Journal of Personality Assessment, Vol. 49, 1985

5 Pages Posted: 11 Jan 2013

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Ed Diener

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Robert Emmons

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Randy Larsen

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Sharon Griffin

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Date Written: January 10, 2013

Abstract

This article reports the development and validation of a scale to measure global life satisfaction, the Satisfaction With Life Scale (SWLS). Among the various components of subjective well-being, the SWLS is narrowly focused to assess global life satisfaction and does not tap related constructs such as positive affect or loneliness. The SWLS is shown to have favorable psychometric properties, including high internal consistency and high temporal reliability. Scores on the SWLS correlate moderately to highly with other measures of subjective well-being, and correlate predictably with specific personality characteristics. It is noted that the SWLS is suited for use with different age groups, and other potential uses of the scale are discussed.

Suggested Citation

Diener, Ed and Emmons, Robert and Larsen, Randy and Griffin, Sharon, The Satisfaction with Life Scale (January 10, 2013). Journal of Personality Assessment, Vol. 49, 1985. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2199190

Ed Diener (Contact Author)

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ( email )

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Robert Emmons

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

601 E John St
Champaign, IL 61820
United States

Randy Larsen

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

601 E John St
Champaign, IL 61820
United States

Sharon Griffin

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

601 E John St
Champaign, IL 61820
United States

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