Life satisfaction in persons with schizophrenia living in the community. Validation of the satisfaction with life scale

Chia Huei Wu, Chin Yu Wu

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Abstract

Subjective well-being is an increasingly common indicator of adequacy of psychiatric services. An easy-to-administer assessment tool of subjective well-being that is conceptually sound, valid, and reliable is needed for use in persons with schizophrenia. The purpose of this paper was to validate the 5-item Satisfaction with Life Scale (SWLS)-Taiwan version for persons with schizophrenia living in the community. Specifically, the internal consistency reliability, construct validity and criterion-related validity were examined. Data were obtained from a total of 443 patients with schizophrenia at multiple areas of Taiwan. Item analysis and confirmatory factor analysis were performed. The results revealed that the SWLS had good international consistency reliability and suggested a single-factor structure in life satisfaction among this patient group. The SWLS has good criterion-related validity with the brief World Health Organization Quality of Life Assessment (WHOQOL-BREF). It is concluded that the SWLS is a sound measurement to be used with persons with schizophrenia living in the community.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)447-460
Number of pages14
JournalSocial Indicators Research
Volume85
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2008
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Outcome measure
  • Psychometric analysis
  • Quality of life
  • Subjective well-being

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Social Sciences(all)

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