Life Satisfaction Index (LSI)

1.    As I grow older‚ things seem better than I thought they would be.
2.    I have gotten more of the breaks in life than most of the people I know.
3.    This is the dreariest time of my life.
4.    I am just as happy as when I was younger.
5.    My life could be happier than it is now.
6.    These are the best years of my life.
7.    Most of the things I do are boring or monotonous.
8.    I expect some interesting and pleasant things to happen to me in the future.
9.    The things I do are as interesting to me as they ever were.
10.I feel old and somewhat tired.
11.I feel my age‚ but it does not bother me.
12.As I look back on my life‚ I am fairly well satisfied.
13.I would not change my past life even if I could.
14.Compared to other people my age‚ I’ve made a lot of foolish decisions in my life.
15.Compared to other people my age‚ I make a good appearance.
16.I have made plans for things I’ll be doing a month or a year from now.
17.When I think back over my life‚ I didn’t get most of the important things I wanted.
18.Compared to other people‚ I get down in the dumps too often.
19.I’ve gotten pretty much what I expected out of life.
20.In spite of what people say‚ the lot of the average man is getting worse‚ not better.
Life Satisfaction Index A (LSIA)
Life Satisfaction Index B (LSIB)
Life Satisfaction Index Z (LSIZ; Wood et al.‚ 1969)
18-item version (Adams‚ 1969)
8-item version (LSIW; James et al.‚ 1986)
30-item version (Maynard‚ 1993)
12 –item “Life Satisfaction Index for the Third Age – Short Form (LSITA- SF; Barrett‚ and Murk‚ 2006)
Agree‚ Disagree‚?
Agree = (2)‚ Disagree= (0): Items 1‚ 2‚ 4‚ 6‚ 8‚ 9‚ 11‚ 12‚ 13‚ 15‚ 16‚ and 19
Agree = (0)‚ Disagree= (2): Items 3‚ 5‚ 7‚ 10‚ 14‚ 17‚ 18‚ and 20

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Barrett‚ A.J.‚ & Murk‚ P.J. (2006). Life Satisfaction Index for the Third Age (LSITA): A Measurement of Successful Aging. In E. P. Isaac (Ed.)‚ Proceedings of the 2006 Midwest Research-to-Practice Conference in Adult‚ Continuing‚ and Community Education (pp. 7-12). St. Louis: University of Missouri-St. Louis.

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