Quality of Life Concepts

Secondary Health Conditions

Life Satisfaction Index-A (LSIA)

Description: A self-rating measure of zest for life; fortitude; congruence between desired and achieved goals; physical, psychological, and social self-concept; and mood tone.

Format: 20 items requiring the respondent to either agree, disagree, or declare uncertainty about each statement.

Scoring: Items are rated on an ordinal scale ranging from 1 (very dissatisfying) to 6 (very satisfying). Summing of the scores is not recommended.

Administration and Burden: Self-administered; Approximately 10 minutes.

Psychometrics for SCI: Not available; From the general population, the scale has been found to have acceptable internal consistency (α = .76), as well as satisfactory concurrent validity with other measures of life satisfaction.

Languages: English

QoL Concept: The LSIA measures life satisfaction, which corresponds to Box E of Dijker’s Model.

Permissions/Where to Obtain: Public domain; The LSIA may be obtained in the original journal article:

Neugarten BJ, Havighurst RJ, Tobin SS. The measurement of life satisfaction. J Gerontol 1961: 16: 134-43.

CLICK ON THE LISTED SECONDARY HEALTH CONDITIONS ON THE LEFT TO READ HOW THE LSIA HAS BEEN USED WITH A PARTICULAR CONDITION


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