CoverIntroductionWhy Is Wellbeing Important in Schools?What is Wellbeing?Considerations: How Does Wellbeing Function in LifeA Measure Suited for Your SchoolEthical ConsiderationsNecessary PermissionImplementationApplication of DataMeasures of Child Wellbeing Gratitude MeasuresWarwick-Edinburgh Mental Well-being scale (WEMWBS)Positive and Negative Affect Schedule for Children (PANAS-C)EPOCH Measure of Adolescent Well-beingSix Seconds Youth Version (SEI-YV)Measures of Child Wellbeing at SchoolChildren’s Hope ScaleMultidimensional Students' Life Satisfaction Scale (MSLSS)Students' Life Satisfaction Scale (SLSS)The Stirling Children's Well-being Scale (SCWBS)Me and My Feelings (M&MF)Me and My School Questionnaire (M&MS)Student Subjective Wellbeing Questionnaire (SSWQ)The Psychological Sense of School Membership (PSSM) (Adapted)Social Emotional Health Survey-Primary (SEHS-P)The School Attitude QuestionnaireThe PedsQL Measurement Model Social Emotional Health Survey-Secondary (SEHS-S)The Student Resilience Survey (SRS)Holistic Student Assessment (HSA)Flourishing at School Survey (FAS)Measures of Adult WellbeingSubjective Happiness Scale (SHS)The Satisfaction with Life Scale (SWL)Contentment with Life Assessment Scale (CLAS)Flourishing Scale (FS)The Oxford Happiness Questionnaire (OHQ)Comprehensive and Brief Inventory of Thriving (CIT & BIT)Mental Health Continuum Short and Long Form (MHC-SF)Positive and Negative Affect Schedule (PANAS)The PERMA ProfilerMeasures of Adult Wellbeing at WorkTeacher Subjective Wellbeing Questionnaire (TSWQ)Job-related Affective Well-being Scale (JAWS)The Workplace PERMA-ProfilerJob Satisfaction Survey (JSS)The Gallup Q12 Employee Engagement Questionnaire The PERMAH Workplace Survey Psychological Capital Questionnaire (PCQ)Maslach Burnout Inventory: Educator's Survey (MBI-ES)Measures of Cultural WellbeingSchool Culture Triage SurveyMy Class Inventory-Short Form (MCI-SF)School-Level Environment Questionnaires (SLEQ)The Omnibus T-ScaleMy Class Inventory-Short Form for Teachers (TMCI-SF)Individualised Classroom Environment Questionnaire (ICEQ)ED School Climate Surveys (EDSCLES)Student Engagement Instrument (SEI)Classroom Environment ScaleOther Resources

Students' Life Satisfaction Scale (SLSS)

This measure is for childrenThis is a free measure

The Students' Life Satisfaction Scale measures students’ satisfaction with life independently from other domains. The SLSS includes seven self-report statements which students answer on a 6-point scale from strongly disagree to strongly agree. It’s designed specifically for students 8 to 18 years old. This measurement tool is free for school use and requires only a citation for use in any publication. A study of over 600 third to sixth graders found that “the SLSS does not appear to display differential psychometric properties as a function of a child’s race, at least with respect to black and white elementary school age children” (Huebner, 1995, pp. 320-321). Similarly, “satisfaction scores did not differ as a function of age, grade, or gender,” which further supports this tool’s reliability (Huebner, 1991). 

Pros for Schools

Cons for Schools

Easy and fast to administer
Strong validity & reliability
Combined with life satisfaction and gratitude measures, provides a 3- pronged chronological view of wellbeing: gratitude as past oriented, life satisfaction as present oriented, and hope as future oriented.

Provides little information about school-specific variables.

Suggestions for Further Research

Huebner, E. (1991). Initial development of the Student’s Life Satisfaction Scale. 10.1177/0143034391123010  

Huebner, E. (1995). The Students' Life Satisfaction Scale: An assessment of psychometric properties with Black and White elementary school students. Social Indicators Research, 34(3), 315-323. 

Measurement Instrument Database for the Social Sciences (n.d.). Students' Life Satisfaction Scale. 


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