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Measuring meaning in life

Measuring meaning in life

Morgan, Jessica and Farsides, Tom (2009) Measuring meaning in life. Journal of Happiness Studies, 10 (2). pp. 197-214. ISSN 1389-4978 (Print), 1573-7780 (Online) (doi:

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The present studies addressed the need for a comprehensive, economical, and psychometrically adequate measure of existential meaning. In Study 1, principal-axis factor analysis of participants’ responses to popular meaning measures identified five latent constructs underlying them, labelled purposeful life, principled life, valued life, exciting life, and accomplished life. These dimensions resonate with the meaning in life concept as= understood by Frankl (1963) and the panoply of subsequent theoretical definitions (e.g. Battista and Almond 1973). Study 2 used these results as a foundation for developing a psychometrically satisfactory self-report questionnaire of each of these aspects of meaning in life. Confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) validated a five-factor structure, with each factor loading on a common second-order factor. Study 3 provided evidence for this new measure’s convergent validity and economic property. The final Meaningful Life Measure is reported and provides comprehensive but differentiated measurement of the meaning in life construct.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: [1] The original publication is available at - Morgan, J. & Farsides, T. (2009). Measuring Meaning in Life. Journal of Happiness Studies, 10, 197-294. DOI 10.1007/s10902-007-9075-0.
Uncontrolled Keywords: eudaimonic well-being, meaning in life, factor analysis, scale development
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences
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