Life Situation Questionnaire – Revised (LSQ-R)
Description: A measure of subjective well-being that assesses an individual’s current level of satisfaction with various domains of life. It also requires individuals to rate the degree to which different areas of their lives have caused them problems. The LSQ-R is embedded into a larger survey, the Life Situation Questionnaire (LSQ), which measures a broad range of long-term spinal cord injury (SCI) outcomes, including those related to employment, medical treatments, social activities, and subjective well-being.
Format: 50 items divided into two parts:
Part 1 (Satisfaction; 20 items) on a five point scale:
1 = Very Dissatisfied
2 = Dissatisfied
3 = Neutral
4 = Satisfied
5 = Very Satisfied
Part 2 (Problems; 30 items) on a five point scale anchored by two statements (1 = No Problem; 5 = Major Problem).
Scoring: Eight subjective well-being scales are embedded into the LSQ-R derived from the two major parts of the scale (Satisfaction and Problems).
Administration and Burden: Interviewer-administered; Self-administered. Approximately 10 minutes.
Psychometrics for SCI: The LSQ or its revised form has not been used consistently in the SCI population, with discrepancies being found with the number of items used and scales developed, but has high levels of reliability (Cronbach’s α =.76-.86) .
QoL Concept: The LSQ-R is a measure of Subjective Well-Being, which corresponds to Box E (subjective evaluations and reactions) of Dijker’s Model.
Permissions/Where to Obtain: The LSQ-R may be obtained by contacting Dr. James Krause at the Medical University of South Carolina.
**CLICK ON THE LISTED SECONDARY HEALTH CONDITIONS ON THE RIGHT TO READ HOW THE LSQ-R HAS BEEN USED WITH A PARTICULAR CONDITION**
- Hallin P, Sullivan M, Kreuter M. Spinal cord injury and quality of life measures: a review of instrument psychometric quality. Spinal Cord 2000;38:509-23.