Life Satisfaction Index A (LSIA)

Neugarten BL; Havighurst RJ; Tobin SS


Basic description

  • Published in 1961
  • There are several versions of the Life Satisfaction Index (LSI). The original which was published in 1961, The Life Satisfaction Index A (LSIA), comprises 20 items. Secondly, the LSIB contains 12 questions, a version that is barely used. A third version, the LSIZ, was proposed by Wood et al. (1969) with 13 of the 20 items from the LSIA. Finally, Adams recommended deleting items 11 and 14 from the LSIA forming an 18 item version in 1969 which he also called the LSIA.
  • Lastly, the Life Satisfaction Index for the Third Age (LSITA), is a 35-item questionnaire that has been created to measure successful aging in participants over 50 years of age

Neugarten BL; Havighurst RJ; Tobin SS

The Gerontological Society of America hold the copyright
To measure the psychological well-being in elderly, with dimensions such as zest for life, fortitude, congruence between desired and achieved goals, physical, psychological and social self-concept.
Therapeutic area
  • Physiological Phenomena
Therapeutic indication


Type of Clinical Outcome Assessment (COA)
  • pro PRO
Original language(s)
  • English for the USA
4 translation(s)
Bibliographic reference(s) of the original questionnaire

Neugarten BL, Havighurst RJ, Tobin SS. The Measurement of Life Satisfaction, Journal of Gerontology. 1961; Volume 16, Issue 2, April 1961, 134–143 (Abstract)

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