PhD, Ohio State University at
Citation Corrigan, J. (2000).
Satisfaction With Life Scale. The Center for Outcome Measurement
in Brain Injury. http://www.tbims.org/
combi/swls ( accessed
This citation is for the COMBI web material. Dr. Corrigan
is not the scale author for the SWLS.
to the Satisfaction With Life Scale
Satisfaction With Life Scale (SWLS) is a measure of life satisfaction
developed by Ed Diener and colleagues (Diener, Emmons, Larsen &
Griffin, 1985). Life satisfaction is one factor in the more general
construct of subjective well being. Theory and research from fields
outside of rehabilitation have suggested that subjective well being
has at least three components, positive affective appraisal, negative
affective appraisal, and life satisfaction. Life satisfaction is
distinguished from affective appraisal in that it is more cognitively
than emotionally driven. Life satisfaction can be assessed specific
to a particular domain of life (e.g., work, family) or globally.
The SWLS is a global measure of life satisfaction.
SWLS consists of 5-items that are completed by the individual whose
life satisfaction is being measured. Administration is brief--rarely
more than a few minutes--and can be completed by interview (including
phone) or paper and pencil response. The instrument should not be
completed by proxy, though a proxy can ask questions to the individual
and convey answers to an interviewer (for instance, if the respondent
can not be interviewed directly by phone).
regarding the SWLS was contributed by the Ohio
Regional TBI Model System at Ohio State University. Please contact
John D. Corrigan, Ph.D., at
you find the information in the COMBI useful, please mention it
when citing sources of information. The information on the SWLS
may be cited as:
Corrigan, J. (2000). The Satisfaction With Life Scale. The Center
for Outcome Measurement in Brain Injury. http://www.tbims.org/combi/swls
This citation is for the COMBI web material. Dr. Corrigan is not
the scale author for the SWLS.