Life Satisfaction Index A

Citation: Neugarten BL, Havighurst RJ, Tobin SS. The measurement of life satisfaction. J Gerontol 1961;16;134-143.


Main positive psychological well-being construct measured: Psychological well-being

Sub-constructs measured: N/A

Available subscales: N/A

Description:  The Life Satisfaction Index A (LSIA) measures the psychological well-being in elderly, with dimensions such as zest for life, fortitude, congruence between desired and achieved goals, physical, psychological and social self-concept.

Number of items: 20

Example of statement/item: “I am just as happy as I was when I was younger”

Response options:  0 “Disagree”, 1 “Agree”

Total score: Items are summed, yielding a range from 0 to 20, with higher scores indicating greater levels of satisfaction.

Other forms available (and related citation):

A) Life Satisfaction Index for the Third Age (LSITA-SF); (Barrett, A. J., & Murk, P. J. (2009). Life Satisfaction Index for the Third Age (LSITA): A measurement of successful aging.

B) Life Satisfaction Index for the Third Age – Short Form (LSITA-SF); (Barrett, A. J., & Murk, P. J. (2009). Life Satisfaction Index for the Third Age – Short Form (LSITA-SF): An improved and briefer measure of successful aging. Paper presented at the Midwest Research-to-Practice Conference in Adult, Continuing, Community and Extension Education.)

Examples of studies:

1. Roos, N. P., & Havens, B. (1991). Predictors of successful aging: a twelve-year study of Manitoba elderly. Am J Public Health, 81(1), 63-68.

2. Collins, A. L., Glei, D. A., & Goldman, N. (2009). The role of life satisfaction and depressive symptoms in all-cause mortality. Psychol Aging, 24(3), 696-702.

3. Kimm, H., Sull, J. W., Gombojav, B., Yi, S. W., & Ohrr, H. (2012). Life satisfaction and mortality in elderly people: the Kangwha Cohort Study. BMC Public Health, 12, 54.

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