Students’ Life Satisfaction Scale


The Students’ Life Satisfaction Scale is a brief, 7 item, measure of life satisfaction in children. It is designed for use with children as young as 8 years of age.


The scale has been shown to have acceptable internal consistency, a unidimensional factor structure, and adequate temporal stability (Huebner, 1991).

Author of Tool:

Huebner, E. S.

Key references:

Huebner, E. S. (1991). Initial development of the Students’ Life Satisfaction Scale. School Psychology International, 12, 231-243.

Huebner, E. S. (1991). Further validation of the students’ life satisfaction scale: The independence of satisfaction and affect ratings. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 9, 363-368.

Primary use / Purpose:

The instrument is designed to measure global life satisfaction in children.

Students’ Life Satisfaction Scale

Directions: We would like to know what thoughts about life you have had during the past several weeks. Think about how you spend each day and night and then think about how your life has been during most of this time. Here are some questions that ask you to indicate your satisfaction with your overall life. Circle the words next to each statement that indicate the extent to which you agree or disagree with each statement. For example, if you Strongly Agree with the statement “Life is great,” you would circle those words on the following sample item;

Life is great.

  • Strongly Disagree
  • Moderately Disagree
  • Mildly Disagree
  • Mildly Agree
  • Moderately Agree
  • Strongly Agree

It is important to know what you REALLY think, so please answer the questions the way you really think, not how you should think. This is NOT a test. There are NO right or wrong answers.

  1. My life is going well.
  2. My life is just right.
  3. I would like to change many things in my life.
  4. I wish I had a different kind of life.
  5. I have a good life.
  6. I have what I want in life.
  7. My life is better than most kids.

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