For almost 30 years HBSC has been a pioneer cross-national study gaining insight into young people's well-being, health behaviours and their social context. This research collaboration with the WHO Regional Office for Europe is conducted every four years in 43 countries and regions across Europe and North America. With adolescents making about one sixth of the world's population, HBSC uses its findings to inform policy and practice to improve the lives of millions of young people. [more]
A number of measures of life satisfaction have been used in the study of adolescent well-being. The adapted Cantril Ladder is one such measure which has been collected by the HBSC study across several survey cycles, going back to 2002. While this measure has been widely used and reprted in several international reports and scientific journals, it has yet to be formally validated.
This paper, from Kate Levin and Candace Currie (HBSC Scotland and HSBC ICC) aims to be a first step in validating the adapted Cantril Ladder to establish if it is fit for purpose in the measurement of global life satisfaction among adolescents in Scotland. Its findings show that across samples of 11–15 year old pupils, the Cantril Ladder showed good reliability, and among 11 year olds, better than that of the Students’ Life Satisfaction Scale, an often used measure in adolescent samples. The Cantril Ladder also showed good convergent validity with other emotional well-being measures, perceived health and subjective health.
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