The construct validity of life satisfaction among the elderly

W. A. Stock, M. A. Okun

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A construct validation study of life satisfaction was completed with a modified random area probability sample of 325 older persons (M=73.0, SD=8.2) residing in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Internal consistency reliability estimates for the Life Satisfaction Index Form Z and both subscales of the Affect Balance Scale were consistent with previous reports. Within self-ascribed handicapped and nonhandicapped groups, six life satisfaction measures generally correlated more highly with each other than with an alcohol use measure, suggesting adequate convergent-discriminant validity. Finally, the handicapped group had lower life satisfaction than the nonhandicapped group, and stepdown F tests indicated some redundancy among the life satisfaction measures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)625-627
Number of pages3
JournalJournals of Gerontology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1982


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  • Aging

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Stock, W. A., & Okun, M. A. (1982). The construct validity of life satisfaction among the elderly. Journals of Gerontology, 37(5), 625-627.