Multi-dimensional Student Life Satisfaction Scale (MSLSS)

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Huebner, E. S. (1994). Preliminary development and validation of a multidimensional life satisfaction scale for children. Psychological Assessment, 6(2), 149–158.
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Purpose The MSLSS is a 40-item measure designed to provide a holistic assessment of the wellbeing of young people. It has five subscales: family, friends, school, living environment and self. Each segment can be considered separately. It is a validated tool, and has been tested for effectiveness in the USA and middle east.
Domain(s) Life Satisfaction
Positive Affect
Quality of Life
Target population Child
Number of items 40
Administration format self-report
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Non-exhaustive list of psychometric studies

Veronese, G., & Pepe, A. (2020). Cross-cultural adaptation, psychometric properties and factor structure of the Multidimensional Student Life Satisfaction Scale (MSLSS): A study with Palestinian children living in refugee camps. Current Psychology, 39, 1853–1862.

Griffin, M. D., & Huebner, E. S. (2000). Multidimensional Life Satisfaction Reports of Middle School Students with Serious Emotional Disturbance. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 18(2), 111-124.

Huebner, E. S., Laughlin, J. E., Ash, C., & Gilman, R. (1998). Further Validation of the Multidimensional Students’ Life Satisfaction Scale. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 16(2), 118-134.

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