Life Satisfaction Index (LSI)

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Neugarten, B. L., Havighurst, R. J., & Tobin, S. S. (1961). The measurement of life satisfaction. Journal of Gerontology, 16, 134–143.
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Purpose The Life Satisfaction Index (LSI) covers general feelings of well–being among older people to identify “successful” aging. The concept of life satisfaction is closely related to morale, adjustment and psychological well-being. The LSI intends to measure 5 components of life satisfaction which include zest (as opposed to apathy), resolution and fortitude, congruence between desired and […]
Domain(s) Goal Pursuit
Life Satisfaction
Positive Affect
Quality of Life
Sense of Meaning
Target population Adult
Number of items 32
Administration format self-report
Additional formats
Alternate forms
Availability in other languages Chinese and Japanese
Fee for use
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Burckhardt, C. S., Woods, S. L., Schultz, A. A., & Ziebarth, D. M. (1989). Quality of life of adults with chronic illness: A psychometric study. Research in Nursing & Health, 12(6), 347-354. doi:10.1002/nur.4770120604

Franchignoni, F., Tesio, L., Ottonello, M., & Benevolo, E. (1999). Life satisfaction index: Italian version and validation of a short form. American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 78(6), 509-515. doi:10.1097/00002060-199911000-00003

Hellebrekers, D. M. J., Lionarons, J. M., Faber, C. G., Klinkenberg, S., Vles, J. S. H., & Hendriksen, J. G. M. (2019). Instruments for the assessment of behavioral and psychosocial functioning in Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophy; A systematic review of the literature. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 44(10), 1205-1223. doi:10.1093/jpepsy/jsz062

Lawrence, R. H., & Liang, J. (1988). Structural integration of the affect balance scale and the life satisfaction index A: Race, sex, and age differences. Psychology and Aging, 3(4), 375-384. doi:10.1037/0882-7974.3.4.375

Lou, V. W. Q., Chi, I., & Mjelde-Mossey, L. A. (2008). Development and validation of a life satisfaction scale for Chinese elders. International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 67(2), 149-170. doi:10.2190/AG.67.2.c

Malikiosi-Loizos, M., & Anderson, L. R. (1994). Reliability of a Greek translation of the life satisfaction index. Psychological Reports, 74(3 Pt 2), 1319-1322. doi:10.2466/pr0.1994.74.3c.1319

Stock, W. A., & Okun, M. A. (1982). The construct validity of life satisfaction among the elderly. Journals of Gerontology, 37(5), 625-627. doi:10.1093/geronj/37.5.625

Wallace, K. A., & Wheeler, A. J. (2002). Reliability Generalization of the Life Satisfaction Index. Educational and Psychological Measurement, 62(4), 674-684.

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Is considered public domain. Contains two parts Index A and Index B