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Measurement Invariance of the Brief Multidimensional Student's Life Satisfaction Scale Among Adolescents and Emerging Adults Across 23 Cultural Contexts

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  • Amina Abubakar, Utrecht University, Utrecht
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  • Fons J. R. van de Vijver, Tilburg Univ, Tilburg University
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  • Itziar Alonso-Arbiol, Univ Basque Country, University of Basque Country
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  • Jia He, Tilburg Univ, Tilburg University
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  • Byron G. Adams, Tilburg Univ, Tilburg University
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  • Said Aldhafri, Bahcesehir University
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  • Arzu Aydinli-Karakulak
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  • Josephine Arasa, United States International University Africa
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  • Diana Boer, Univ Koblenz Landau
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  • Ozgur Celenk, Tilburg Univ, Tilburg University
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  • Radosveta Dimitrova, University of Stockholm, Stockholm
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  • Maria Cristina Ferreira, Univ Salgado de Oliveira
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  • Ronald Fischer, School of Psychology, Victoria University of Wellington
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  • Fomba Emmanuel Mbebeb, Univ Dschang
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  • Maria Teresa Frias, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
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  • Andres Fresno, Universidad de Talca
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  • Omri Gillath, University of Kansas
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  • Charles Harb, American University of Beirut
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  • Penny Handani, University Katolik Indonesia Atma Jaya
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  • Given Hapunda, University of Zambia
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  • Shanmukh V. Kamble, Karnatak Univ
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  • Marianna Kosic, Slovene Res Inst
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  • Joseph Lah Looh, Univ Buea
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  • Lubna Mazrui, Kenyatta University
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  • Rafael Emilio Mendia, Univ Rafael Landivar
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  • Margaret Murugami, Kenyatta University
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  • Mei Mason-Li, Southampton Solent University
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  • Weny Savitry Pandia, University Katolik Indonesia Atma Jaya
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  • Cristina Perdomo, Tilburg Univ, Tilburg University
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  • Maja Schachner, Friedrich Schiller University Jena
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  • Samantha Sim, Singapore Management University
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  • Rosario Spencer, Universidad de Talca
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  • Angela O. Suryani, University Katolik Indonesia Atma Jaya
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  • Ergyul Tair, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

There is hardly any cross-cultural research on the measurement invariance of the Brief Multidimensional Students' Life Satisfaction Scales (BMSLSS). The current article evaluates the measurement invariance of the BMSLSS across cultural contexts. This cross-sectional study sampled 7,739 adolescents and emerging adults in 23 countries. A multi-group confirmatory factor analysis showed a good fit of configural and partial measurement weights invariance models, indicating similar patterns and strengths in factor loading for both adolescents and emerging adults across various countries. We found insufficient evidence for scalar invariance in both the adolescents' and the emerging adults' samples. A multi-level confirmatory factor analysis indicated configural invariance of the structure at country and individual level. Internal consistency, evaluated by alpha and omega coefficients per country, yielded acceptable results. The translated BMSLSS across different cultural contexts presents good psychometric characteristics similar to what has been reported in the original scale, though scalar invariance remains problematic. Our results indicate that the BMSLSS forms a brief measure of life satisfaction, which has accrued substantial evidence of construct validity, thus suitable for use in cross-cultural surveys with adolescents and emerging adults, although evaluation of degree of invariance must be carried out to ensure its suitability for mean comparisons.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftJournal of Psychoeducational Assessment
Vol/bind34
Nummer1
Sider (fra-til)28-38
Antal sider11
ISSN0734-2829
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StatusUdgivet - 2016

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