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SEGABINAZI, Joice Dickel et al. Development and preliminary validation of a multidimensional life satisfaction scale for adolescents. Psic.: Teor. e Pesq. [online]. 2010, vol.26, n.4, pp.653-659. ISSN 0102-3772.

The purpose of this study was to develop a Multidimensional Life Satisfaction Scale for Adolescents (MLSSA). Participants were 425 adolescents (224 boys and 201 girls) with a mean age of 16,1 years (SD=1,2) attending schools in the city of Santa Maria/RS. Items selection occurred on basis of the results from principal components analysis, and the final form of the MLSSA included 52 items, distributed over 7 factors: Family, Self, Compared Self, School, Non-violence, Self-efficacy and Friendship. The seven components explained 54% of the total variance. The coefficients of internal consistency were satisfactory for each subscale, as well as for the total scale (α=0,93). Evidences of validity were also obtained through a correlational analysis with a measure of Self-esteem.

Keywords : subjective well-being; life satisfaction scale; adolescents.

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