The Satisfaction With Life Scale (SWLS)

The Satisfaction with Life Scale (SWLS) is a 5-item measure of an individual's own judgement of their overall life satisfaction. The scale is designed to be used as a global measure of subjective well-being across different age groups.

High Psychometric ScoreShort Measure

ITEMS:

Instructions: Below are five statements with which you may agree or disagree. Using the 1-7 scale below, indicate your agreement with each item by placing the appropriate number on the line preceding that item. Please be open and honest in your responding.

1. In most ways my life is close to ideal.
2. The conditions of my life are excellent.
3. I am satisfied with my life.
4. So far I have gotten the important things I want in life.
5. If I could live my life over, I would change almost nothing.

Response Options:
Strongly agree - 1
Disagree - 2
Slightly disagree - 3
Neither agree nor disagree - 4
Slightly agree - 5
Agree - 6
Strongly agree - 7

CATEGORIES:


GEOGRAPHIES TESTED:

United States of America

POPULATIONS INCLUDED:
Female
Male

AGE RANGE:
Adolescents
Adults

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Scoring Procedures:

Each of the 5 items are scored from 1 to 7, therefore a score of 5 represents the lowest possible satisfaction and 35 represents the highest possible satisfaction.

PRIMARY CITATION:

Diener, E. D., Emmons, R. A., Larsen, R. J., & Griffin, S. (1985). The Satisfaction With Life Scale. Journal of Personality Assessment, 49(1), 71-75. doi: 10.1207/ s15327752jpa4901_13

Pyschometric Score:

FORMATIVE RESEARCH

 Qualitative Research

 Existing Literature/Theoretical Framework

 Field Expert Input

 Cognitive Interviews / Pilot Testing

RELIABILITY

 Internal

 Test-Retest

 Interrater

VALIDITY

 Content

 Face

 Criterion (gold-standard)

 Construct

Psychometric Scoring

HIGH
Total Score: 5.50/8 Points (HIGH) 

Citation Frequency

High

KEY

 FULL POINTS
 PARTIAL POINTS
 NOT ASSESSED
 NOT APPLICABLE

For more details, see Scoring Methodology

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