Measurement invariance of the Satisfaction with Life Scale: reviewing three decades of research

Measurement invariance of the Satisfaction with Life Scale: reviewing three decades of research Qual Life Res (2017) 26:2251–2264 DOI 10.1007/s11136-017-1552-2 REVIEW Measurement invariance of the Satisfaction with Life Scale: reviewing three decades of research 1 1 1 Scott D. Emerson  · Martin Guhn  · Anne M. Gadermann   Accepted: 13 March 2017 / Published online: 21 March 2017 © Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2017 Abstract situations, but most likely not across culture or age groups. Purpose The Satisfaction with Life Scale (SWLS) is Participants mostly ascribe similar meaning to like items a widely used measure of life satisfaction, a key aspect on the SWLS regardless of their gender, but age and espe- in quality of life. The SWLS has been used across many cially culture seem to influence this process. socio-demographic groups. Comparison of life satisfaction across different subgroups (e.g., cultures) is meaningful to Keywords Satisfaction with Life Scale · Measurement researchers; such cross-group comparison presupposes that invariance · Multi-group confirmatory factor analysis · validity of the inferences from SWLS scores holds across Gender · Culture · Age various subgroups (measurement invariance: MI). The aim of the present review was to identify, summarize, and eval- uate research testing measurement invariance of the SWLS. Background Methods A targeted literature search identified articles (published 1985–2016) that examined MI of the SWLS In recent decades, interest in subjective quality Quality of Life Research Springer Journals

Measurement invariance of the Satisfaction with Life Scale: reviewing three decades of research

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