Scales for Children and Teenagers

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About Scales for Children and Teenagers


The Satisfaction with Life Scale for Children


(SWLS-C, ages 10 and above)


The SWLS (Diener, Emmons, Larsen, & Griffin, 1985) was adapted for children (ages 10 and above) by Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl and her research team at the University of British Columbia.The SWLS-C is currently used at a population level in several school districts in British Columbia, Canada, as part of the Middle-Years Development Instrument (MDI), a self-report questionnaire for children ages 10 and above.


Important papers on Scales for Children and Teenagers

Gadermann, A. M., Guhn, M., & Zumbo, B. D. (2011). Investigating the substantive aspect of construct validity for the Satisfaction with Life Scale adapted for Children: A focus on cognitive processes. Social Indicators Research, 100, 37-60


Gadermann, A. M., Schonert-Reichl, K. A., & Zumbo, B. D. (2010). Investigating validity evidence of the Satisfaction with Life Scale adapted for children. Social Indicators Research, 96, 229-247.


Zukauskiene, R., Kaniusonyte, G., Truskauskaite, I., & Malinauskiene, O. (2015). Systematic review of the measurement properties of questionnaires for the measurement of the well-being of children.  Social Inquiry into Well-Being, 1(1), 40-75.


For further information about Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl's lab, please see:

Social and Emotional Learning Lab


For further information and reports on the Middle-Years Development Instrument (containing the SWLS-C), please see:

Middle Years Development Instrument


We have also included a Dutch/Flemish translation of the SWLS-C, translated by Colinda Serie, Stefaan Pleysier and Annemarijn Weber.


Student's Life Satisfaction Scale


(Huebner, 1991)

For further information about Dr. Huebner's scales please see:

Student's Life Satisfaction Scale