Multidimensional Students' Life Satisfaction Scale (MSLSS)

Long & Brief Form
This measure is for childrenThis is a free measure

The Multidimensional Students’ Life Satisfaction Scale is an extended version of the Students’ Life Satisfaction scale mentioned above. It focuses on life satisfaction, but unlike its predecessor it divides satisfaction into different domains: family, friends, school, living environment, and self. The long form of this measurement contains 40 items on a 6-point scale; the brief form has six items. This measurement is free and requires only the proper citation for use. It is appropriate for 8 to 18 year olds.

Pros for Schools

Cons for Schools

Provides specific measures regarding family, friends, living environment, and school
Includes a long and a brief form
Can be combined with life satisfaction and gratitude measures for a 3-pronged chronological view of wellbeing: gratitude as past oriented, life satisfaction as present oriented, and hope as future oriented.

Long form is significantly longer and takes more time to complete

Suggestions for Further Research

CORC. (n.d.). Multidimensional Student's Life Satisfaction Scale (MSLSS). 

Huebner, E. S. (1994). Preliminary development and validation of a multidimensional life satisfaction scale for children. Psychological Assessment, 6, 149-158. 

Huebner, E. S., Laughlin, J. E., Ash, C., & Gilman, R. (1998). Further validation of the Multidimensional Students' Life Satisfaction Scale. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 16, 118-134. 

Gilman, R., Huebner, E. S., & Laughlin, J. E. (2000). A first study of the multidimensional students’ life satisfaction scale with adolescents. Social Indicators Research, 52, 135-160.

Seligson, J. L., Huebner, E. S., & Valois, R. F. (2003). Preliminary validation of the brief multidimensional students' life satisfaction scale (BMSLSS). Social Indicators Research, 61, 121-145.

Zullig, K. J., Huebner, E. S., Gilman, R., Patton, J. M., & Murray, K. A. (2005). Validation of the brief multidimensional students' life satisfaction scale among college students. American Journal of Health Behaviour, 29, 206-214.


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