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Psychometric evaluation of the meaningful life measure

Psychometric evaluation of the meaningful life measure

Morgan, Jessica and Farsides, Tom (2009) Psychometric evaluation of the meaningful life measure. Journal of Happiness Studies, 10 (3). pp. 351-366. ISSN 1389-4978 (Print), 1573-7780 (Online) (doi:

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The 23-item Meaningful Life Measure (Morgan and Farsides 2008) comprises five subscales, each designed to assess a distinct component of personal meaning: purposeful life; valued life; accomplished life; principled life; and exciting life. In addition to providing a comprehensive composite meaning measure, this instrument presents the
possibility of measuring these components separately in future research applications. To demonstrate the utility of their separate measurement, the present study therefore aimed to show differential patterns of correlation between these five subscales and meaning correlates identified in the literature. The MLM’s factor structure and internal reliability were replicated on the present sample. Evidence was then provided for the MLM’s convergent validity, and it was demonstrated that its five subscales were indeed differently predicted by the meaning correlates from the literature. Findings attest to the practical utility of a
five-factor conceptualisation of meaning in life. In addition to identifying people who score low and high on different factors of meaning in life, the MLM facilitates the further investigation of specific antecedents and consequences of different meaning components.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: [1] The original publication is available at - Morgan, J. & Farsides, T. (2009). Psychometric Evaluation of the Meaningful Life Measure. Journal of Happiness Studies, 10, 351-366. DOI 10.1007/s10902-008-9093-6.
Uncontrolled Keywords: meaning in life, well-being, factor analysis
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences
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