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The validity of a single question about life satisfaction

Fonberg, Jonathan and Smith, Andrew ORCID: 2019. The validity of a single question about life satisfaction. International Journal of Arts, Humanities and Social Science 4 (2) , pp. 38-44.

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Research on wellbeing has often used life satisfaction as the outcome measure. Large scale international surveys (e.g. the World Values survey) often use single measures of such variables and it is important to assess the validity of them. Two studies were carried out, one in the UK and one in the USA, to investigate congruent validity by examining correlations between a single life satisfaction question and a multi-item established measure. Convergent validity was assessed by examining positive correlations between single and multi-item life satisfaction measures, positive personality (self-efficacy, self-esteem and optimism) and positive affect and happiness. In addition, discriminant validity was assessed by examining the negative associations between the life satisfaction measures and negative affect and anxiety/depression. Implications for assessing competing conceptualizations of wellbeing are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Publisher: IJAHSS
Date of Acceptance: 15 March 2019
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2022 13:48

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