Indicators of Positive Development Conference
March 12-13, 2003
Bureau of Labor Statistics Conference Center
Psychometric Properties of Two Brief Measures of Children’s Life Satisfaction: The Students’ Life Satisfaction Scale (SLSS) and the Brief Multidimensional Students’ Life Satisfaction Scale (BMSLSS)
E. Scott Huebner, Shannon M. Suldo, and Robert F. Valois, University of South Carolina
Traditional assessments of children’s mental health have focused on measuring symptoms of psychopathology. A growing body of empirical evidence supports widening assessment to include measures of individual and environmental protective assets. One personal strength that merits study among children and adolescents is life satisfaction, which represents peoples’ subjective judgments of the quality of their lives as a whole or quality of specific domains within their lives. This paper reviews the psychometric properties and research histories of two brief life satisfaction measures available for use with youth. The Students’ Life Satisfaction Scale (Huebner, 1991) is a 7-item measure of global life satisfaction; the Brief Multidimensional Students’ Life Satisfaction Scale is a 5-item measure of adolescents’ satisfaction with important domains of life. Both scales are appropriate for large-scale studies of children and adolescents’ psychological health, and would provide worthwhile information about children’s well-being that would not otherwise be captured by pathology-oriented scales.