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ERIC Number: EJ834520
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0303-8300
Psychometric Evaluation of the Malay Satisfaction with Life Scale
Swami, Viren; Chamorro-Premuzic, Tomas
Social Indicators Research, v92 n1 p25-33 May 2009
The Satisfaction With Life Scale (SWLS) is one of the most widely used scales for the measurement of subjective well-being across the globe, but no satisfactory version exists for use among Malay-speaking populations. The present study reports on the translation of a new Malay SWLS and examines its psychometric properties in a community sample of 816 Malay and 738 Chinese participants from Malaysia. Results showed that the Malay SWLS had good internal consistency (Cronbach's alpha = 0.83). Confirmatory factor analysis showed support for a unidimensional factor structure which remained invariant across sex and ethnic group. These results suggest that the Malay SWLS is a valid and reliable measure of life satisfaction for Malay-speaking samples, and extends the list of available scales for measuring subjective well-being among such groups.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Malaysia