Current Psychology

, Volume 37, Issue 4, pp 949–956 | Cite as

Spanish Validation of the Flourishing Scale in the General Population

  • Irene ChecaEmail author
  • Jaime Perales
  • Begoña Espejo


Well-being research and its measurement have grown in the last two decades. The objective of this study was to adapt and validate the Flourishing Scale in a sample of Spanish adults. This was a cross-sectional study using a non-probabilistic sample of 999 Spanish general adult population participants. The psychometric properties of the scale were analysed from an exploratory and confirmatory perspective. Exploratory factor analysis showed a one-factor solution explaining 42.3% of the variance; an internal consistency of .846; temporal reliability correlation of .749; convergent validity with the Satisfaction with Life Scale of .521 and criterion validity with positive and negative affect (PANAS), pessimism and optimism (LOT-R) ranging from .270 to .488. Confirmatory factor analysis testing the one-factor solution showed a χ2 of 65.57 df = 20; CFI of .982, RMSEA of .06, average variance extracted index of .518 and composite reliability index of .841. Results showed that the Spanish version of the FS is a reliable and valid method for measuring high levels of well-being.


Adaptation Validation Confirmatory factor analysis Psychometric properties Instrumental studies Flourishing 



J.P. would like to thank Emma Green for the English language advice.

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Ethical Approval

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Informed Consent

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Departamento de Metodología de las Ciencias del ComportamientoUniversitat de ValènciaValenciaSpain
  2. 2.Department of Preventive Medicine and Public HealthUniversity of Kansas Medical CenterKansas CityUSA

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