Multidimensional Students' Life Satisfaction Scale (MSLSS) (Long and Brief Form)

Author of Tool: 

Huebner, E. S.

Key references: 

Huebner, E. S. (1994). Preliminary development and validation of a multidimensional life satisfaction scale for children. Psychological Assessment, 6, 149-158.

Huebner, E. S., Laughlin, J. E., Ash, C., & Gilman, R. (1998). Further validation of the multidimensional students' life satisfaction scale. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 16, 118-134.

Gilman, R., Huebner, E. S., & Laughlin, J. E. (2000). A first study of the multidimensional students’ life satisfaction scale with adolescents. Social Indicators Research, 52, 135-160.

Seligson, J. L., Huebner, E. S., & Valois, R. F. (2003). Preliminary validation of the brief multidimensional students' life satisfaction scale (BMSLSS). Social Indicators Research, 61, 121-145.

Zullig, K. J., Huebner, E. S., Gilman, R., Patton, J. M., & Murray, K. A. (2005). Validation of the brief multidimensional students' life satisfaction scale among college students. American Journal of Health Behaviour, 29, 206-214.

Primary use / Purpose: 

The MSLSS is used to provide a multidimensional profile of students' life satisfaction.


The MSLSS is made up of several subscales including family, friends, school, living environment, and self.
It consists of 40 items each rated on a six point scale from Strongly disagree to Strongly agree. The brief form is comprised of 6 items rated on a seven point scale from Terrible to Delighted. Normative data is available for elementary, middle, and high school students (See the MSLSS manual linked to below). The MSLSS is designed to be used effectively with children across a wide range of age (grades 3-12) and ability levels (e.g., children with mild developmental disabilities through gifted children).


The results of reliability and validity studies of the instruments are presented in the Manual for the MSLSS which is linked to below.



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