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Life Satisfaction Questionnaire (LISAT-9)
Please visit this website for more information about the instrument: Life Satisfaction Questionnaire Instrument Link
Additional information on this measure can be found on:

Supplemental: Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)
The LiSAT-9 has been used with SCI sample. The measure is not highly sensitive to change; clinical application is limited. At least one study shows good reliability, validity and responsiveness.
Short Description of Instrument
Assesses various aspects of life satisfaction including:
  1. Life as a whole
  2. Self-care management
  3. Contacts with friends
  4. Vocational
  5. Family life
  6. Partner relationships
  7. Financial
  8. Leisure situations
  9. Sex life
Psychometric Properties
Feasibility: Easy to use, short (10-30 minutes).
The LiSAT has good construct/criterion validity with SCI (Post, M. et al., 1998)
See the Rehabilitation Measures Database linked above for detailed reliability, consistency, and validity information.
The Life Satisfaction Questionnaire is available in 9 and 11 item versions. The nine-item version contains a single item assessing overall life satisfaction, along with eight additional items that are domain-specific. Items are answered on a 6-point Likert scale that ranges from 1 (very dissatisfied), to 6 (very satisfied).
No studies in SCI have used the 11-item version, which is an extension of the 9-item version, adding 2 domains: somatic and psychological health.
Typically, when scored in group studies, the results are divided into dissatisfied (1-4) and satisfied (5-6).
A total Life Satisfaction score is computed as the mean of the item scores (range 1-6).
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