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The Brief Multidimensional Students' Life Satisfaction Scale-College Version

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Objectives : To investigate the psychometric properties of the BMSLSS-College among 723 college students.

Methods : Internal consistency estimates explored scale reliability, factor analysis explored construct validity, and known-groups validity was assessed using the National College Youth Risk Behavior Survey and Harvard School of Public Health College Alcohol Study. Criterion-related validity was explored through analyses with the CDC's health-related quality of life scale and a social isolation scale.

Results : Acceptable internal consistency reliability, construct, known-groups, and criterion-related validity were established.

Conclusions : Findings offer preliminary support for the BMSLSS-C; it could be useful in large-scale research studies, applied screening contexts, and for program evaluation purposes toward achieving Healthy People 2010 objectives.

Keywords: BMSLSS; college students; perceived life satisfaction; quality of life; scale development

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1 Associate Professor, Department of Community Medicine, West Virginia University School of Medicine, Morgantown, WV.

Publication date: September 1, 2009

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  • The American Journal of Health Behavior seeks to improve the quality of life through multidisciplinary health efforts in fostering a better understanding of the multidimensional nature of both individuals and social systems as they relate to health behaviors.

    The Journal aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of the impact of personal attributes, personality characteristics, behavior patterns, social structure, and processes on health maintenance, health restoration, and health improvement; to disseminate knowledge of holistic, multidisciplinary approaches to designing and implementing effective health programs; and to showcase health behavior analysis skills that have been proven to affect health improvement and recovery.

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