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Scales for Children and Teenagers

The Satisfaction with Life Scale for Children

(SWLS-C, ages 10 and above)

The SWLS (Diener, Emmons, Larsen, & Griffin, 1985) was adapted for children (ages 10 and above) by Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl and her research team at the University of British Columbia.The SWLS-C is currently used at a population level in several school districts in British Columbia, Canada, as part of the Middle-Years Development Instrument (MDI), a self-report questionnaire for children ages 10 and above.


Important Papers on the SWLS-C:

Gadermann, A. M., Guhn, M., & Zumbo, B. D. (2011). Investigating the substantive aspect of construct validity for the Satisfaction with Life Scale adapted for Children: A focus on cognitive processes. Social Indicators Research, 100, 37-60


Gadermann, A. M., Schonert-Reichl, K. A., & Zumbo, B. D. (2010). Investigating validity evidence of the Satisfaction with Life Scale adapted for children. Social Indicators Research, 96, 229-247.


For further information about Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl's lab, please see:

Child and Adolescent Development Lab


For further information and reports on the Middle-Years Development Instrument (containing the SWLS-C), please see:

Middle Years Development Instrument


Student's Life Satisfaction Scale

(Huebner, 1991)

For further information about Dr. Huebner's scales please see:

Student's Life Satisfaction Scale

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