Life Satisfaction Inventory
Name of Questionnaire
Life Satisfaction Inventory-A (LSI-A); Life Satisfaction Inventory-Z (LSI- Z)
BL Neugarten, RJ Havighurst, SS Tobin
Cost & availability
None; instrument is in the public domain
Time to complete
Number of items
20 in original instrument (LSI-A). A modification of the instrument, the LSI-Z, has 13 items.
Domains & categories
Name of categories/domains
Zest for life; resolution and fortitude; congruence between desired and achieved goals; high physical, psychological, and social self-concept; happy, optimistic mood tone.
Scaling of items
Agree, disagree, or not sure
Total scale score based on number of subject agreements with specific responses to individual items (possible range for LSI-A with one point given for each agreement: 0-20; possible range for LSI-Z with 2 points given for each agreement: 0-26)
Content validity assured by items based on repeated interviews with people aged 50 - 90 years about life pattern, attitudes, values, daily activities, social interaction, and other concerns.
Construct validity demonstrated through correlations between LSI-A and a Life Satisfaction Rating and between LSI-Z and a Life Satisfaction Rating. Factor analysis of the LSI-A produced 4 factors, of which 3 were interpretable: mood tone; zest for life; and congruence.
Minimally important difference
Reported in studies of women with COPD, and spouse caregivers to men with COPD. Used widely in gerontology.
Date of information
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