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Social Indicators Research

, Volume 118, Issue 1, pp 57–69 | Cite as

Factor Structure and Convergent Validity of the Long and Abbreviated Versions of the Multidimensional Students’ Life Satisfaction Scale in an Italian Sample

  • Carla Zappulla
  • Ugo PaceEmail author
  • Valentina Lo Cascio
  • Giovanni Guzzo
  • E. Scott Huebner
Article

Abstract

We examined the psychometric characteristics of the long and abbreviated versions of the Multidimensional Students’ Life Satisfaction Scale (MSLSS) in the Italian contexts. In study 1 we assessed the factorial validity and reliability of the long and abbreviated versions of the MSLSS among Italian adolescents, while in study 2 we assessed the convergent validity of the abbreviated Italian version of the MSLSS by examining the associations between life satisfaction and well-established measures of adjustment. Furthermore, we explored the effect of adolescent gender and age on life satisfaction. Participants in the study 1 were 996 adolescents (48 % males) from 14 to 18 years of age (M = 16.06; SD = 1.51). Participants in study 2 were 380 adolescents (52 % males) from 14 to 19 years of age (M = 15.76; SD = 1.65). Confirmatory factor analyses confirmed the hypothesized five-factor solution of the MSLSS, with a better goodness of fit for the abbreviated version of MSLSS. Moreover, indices of internal consistency revealed acceptable reliability coefficients across the five domains. Convergent validity was confirmed by the expected associations between the domains of the MSLSS and indexes of adjustment. Finally, results evidenced age differences, with oldest adolescents showing the highest levels of satisfaction on most of the domains.

Keywords

Life satisfaction Measurement Confirmatory factor analysis Convergent validity 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Carla Zappulla
    • 1
  • Ugo Pace
    • 2
    Email author
  • Valentina Lo Cascio
    • 3
  • Giovanni Guzzo
    • 2
  • E. Scott Huebner
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of PalermoPalermoItaly
  2. 2.Faculty of Human and Social ScienceUniversity Kore of EnnaEnnaItaly
  3. 3.Department of Economics, Business and FinanceUniversity of PalermoPalermoItaly
  4. 4.Department of PsychologyUniversity of South CarolinaColumbiaUSA

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