Life Satisfaction Scale for Teenagers

This tool was developed by Child Trends for the Templeton Foundation, as part of the Flourishing Children Project. It includes three items that measure life satisfaction in teenagers. Life satisfaction is defined as a perception of being happy with one’s own life and a belief that one’s life is on the right track. 


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Creator(s) of Tool
Measure developed by Child Trends for the Flourishing Children Project, funded by the Templeton Foundation. For more information on positive indicators, search the Child Trends web page at
Scoring / Benchmarking
You may calculate a total score by associating the following numeric values with the answer options: Strongly disagree=0; Somewhat disagree=1; Neither agree or disagree=2; Somewhat agree=3; and Strongly agree=4. The maximum score for this scale equals 12. Total scores allow for quick overviews of how individuals are doing, as well as easy comparisons in aggregate between pre- and post-tests.
Background / Quality
This scale has been tested with a nationally representative sample of teenagers aged 12-17. It has been found to have good reliability (alpha=.80) and concurrent validity (associated with better grades and a lower likelihood of smoking, fighting, and depressive symptoms).
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