Multidimensional Students Life Satisfaction Scale (MSLSS)
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Multi dimensional Students' Life Satisfaction Scale.
Exploratory: Cerebral Palsy
|Short Description of Instrument||
The Multidimensional Students Life Satisfaction Scale (MSLSS) (a) provides a profile of children's satisfaction with important, specific domains (e.g., school, family, friends) in their lives; (b) assesses their general overall life satisfaction; (c) demonstrates acceptable psychometric properties (e.g., acceptable subscale reliability); (d) reveals a replicable factor structure indicating the meaningfulness of the five dimensions; and (e) is used effectively with children across a wide range of age (grades 3–12) and ability levels (e.g., children with mild developmental disabilities through gifted children)."
The 40-item MSLSS may be administered to children in groups as well as individually. The four response options are assigned points as follows: (never = 1); (sometimes = 2); (often = 3); and (almost always = 4). Negatively-keyed items must be reverse scored (see pp. 3-4 for the list of negatively-keyed items). Hence, negatively-keyed items are scored so that almost always = 1, and so forth. Higher scores thus indicate higher levels of life satisfaction throughout the scale.
Not specific to children with CP, not validated with population. Reliabilities range from .70–.90 (Greenspoon & Saklofske, 1997; Huebner, 1994; Huebner et al., 1997). Test-retest reliability has all been reported to range from .70–.90 (Huebner et al., 1997). Only assessed in adolescents with CP, acquired brain injury, and ASD.
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