Social Indicators Research

, Volume 38, Issue 3, pp 275–301 | Cite as

The extended satisfaction with life scale: Development and psychometric properties

  • Vincent C. Alfonso
  • David B. Allison
  • Damon E. Rader
  • Bernard S. Gorman


The development and psychometric properties of the Extended Satisfaction With Life Scale (ESWLS) are described in detail. The ESWLS is a 50-item self-report scale that measures satisfaction with life in nine domains. It can be completed by most people in under 20 minutes and can be used by researchers and clinicians. The readability of the ESWLS was estimated to be between the seventh and tenth grade levels. Internal consistency, estimated by coefficient α, ranged from 0.81 to 0.96 for the individual subscales. Two-week test-retest reliability coefficients ranged from 0.74 to 0.87. Results of exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses strongly supported the factor structure of the ESWLS. Preliminary evidence of convergent and discriminant validity is provided as well as preliminary norms.


Internal Consistency Factor Structure Psychometric Property Confirmatory Factor Analysis Discriminant Validity 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vincent C. Alfonso
    • 1
  • David B. Allison
    • 1
  • Damon E. Rader
    • 1
  • Bernard S. Gorman
    • 1
  1. 1.Graduate School of EducationFordham UniversityNew YorkUSA

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