Journal of Youth and Adolescence

, Volume 22, Issue 2, pp 125–134 | Cite as

The satisfaction with life scale: Psychometrics properties in an adolescent sample

  • Félix Neto


The Satisfaction With Life Scale (SWLS) was developed in the United States as a multiitem scale for the overall assessment of life satisfaction as cognitive-judgmental process, rather as a measurement of specific satisfaction areas (e.g., health, energy). The present study attempted to extend the applicability of the SWLS by investigating specific aspects of reliability and validity in a different cultural context (Portugal) with adolescents. In line with previous American findings, reliability figures were found to be favourable. SWLS scores were affected by sex and sociocultural level. In addition, SWLS scores showed to be predictably associated with psychological measures: loneliness, social anxiety, shyness, self- concept, and physical attractiveness. The variables that best predicted satisfaction were overall self-concept, loneliness, and physical attractiveness.


Life Satisfaction Health Psychology Psychometric Property Social Anxiety Cultural Context 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Félix Neto
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  1. 1.Faculty of PsychologyUniversity of PortoPortoPortugal

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