Multidimensional Students’ Life Satisfaction Scale



The article presents results of developing the Multidimensional Students’ Life Satisfaction Scale for primary school children based on MSLSS by E.S.Huebner.The questionnaire involves five scales: Family, School, Teachers, Myself, Friends as well as an overall index of life satisfaction.The reliability and validity of the questionnaire are demonstrated on the sample of primary school children (third and fourth grades, N=483).Five factor structure is confirmed by the results of confirmatory factor analysis.All the scales have high reliability (0.82 < α < 0.89) and show expected correlations with other indicators of subjective well-being and different scales of self-esteem (as assessed by Dembo-Rubinstein technique).The article contains the text of the questionnaire and normative data for primary school children.

General Information

Keywords: satisfaction with life, subjective well-being, diagnostics, primary school children, self-esteem

Journal rubric: Psychological Diagnostics

Article type: scientific article


Funding. This research was supported by grant from Russian Foundation for Basic Research, project named “Intrinsic and extrinsic academic motivation of primary school children taught in different educational systems” (№ 18-013-00386).

For citation: Sychev O.A., Gordeeva T.O., Lunkina M.V., Osin E.N., Sidneva A.N. Multidimensional Students’ Life Satisfaction Scale. Psikhologicheskaya nauka i obrazovanie = Psychological Science and Education, 2018. Vol. 23, no. 6, pp. 5–15. DOI: 10.17759/pse.2018230601. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Oleg A. Sychev, PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor, Senior Researcher of Research Departament, Shukshin Altai State University for Humanities and Pedagogy, Biysk, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Tamara O. Gordeeva, Doctor of Psychology, Professor, Department of Educational Psychology, Faculty of Psychologiy, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Leading Research Fellow, International Laboratory of Positive Psychology of Personality and Motivation, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Maria V. Lunkina, Ph.D. Student, Faculty of Psychology, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia, e-mail:

Evgeny N. Osin, PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor, Deputy Head of the International Laboratory of Positive Psychology of Personality and Motivation, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Anastasiya N. Sidneva, PhD in Psychology, Senior researcher, Department of Educational psychology and Pedagogy, Faculty of Psychology, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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