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Social Indicators Research

, 90:267 | Cite as

Life Satisfaction in Brazil: Testing the Psychometric Properties of the Satisfaction With Life Scale (SWLS) in Five Brazilian Samples

  • Valdiney V. GouveiaEmail author
  • Taciano L. Milfont
  • Patrícia Nunes da Fonseca
  • Jorge Artur Peçanha de Miranda Coelho
Article

Abstract

The aim of this paper was to validate the Brazilian-Portuguese version of the Satisfaction With Life Scale (SWLS), presenting evidence of its reliability and construct and criterion-related validity. A large Brazilian sample (2,180 participants), from five different populations (undergraduate and high school students, general population, elementary school teachers, and physicians), was considered. The results confirmed the single factorial structure and reliability (0.77 < Cronbach’s α < 0.88, mean α = 0.81) of the SWLS. Supporting its criterion-related validity, the SWLS correlated positively with positive affect and negatively with both negative affect and psychological distress across all five samples. The findings indicate that the Brazilian-Portuguese version of the SWLS is a valid instrument to use with diverse Brazilian samples.

Keywords

Subjective well-being Life satisfaction Satisfaction With Life Scale Validity Reliability Brazil 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Valdiney V. Gouveia
    • 1
    Email author
  • Taciano L. Milfont
    • 2
    • 3
  • Patrícia Nunes da Fonseca
    • 1
  • Jorge Artur Peçanha de Miranda Coelho
    • 1
  1. 1.CCHLA – Departamento de PsicologiaUniversidade Federal da ParaíbaJoao PessoaBrazil
  2. 2.Centre for Applied Cross-Cultural Research, School of PsychologyVictoria University of WellingtonWellingtonNew Zealand
  3. 3.Federal University of AlagoasAlagoasBrazil

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