Title

Psychometric properties of the Meaning in Life Questionnaire (MLQ) in a sample of Australian adolescents

Document Type

Article

Publication details

Rose, LM, Zask, A & Burton, LJ 2017, 'Psychometric properties of the Meaning in Life Questionnaire (MLQ) in a sample of Australian adolescents', International Journal of Adolescence and Youth, vol. 22, issue 1, pp. 68-77.

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Peer-Reviewed

Abstract

This study examined the psychometric properties of the Meaning in Life Questionnaire (MLQ) using an Australian adolescent sample (n = 135). The MLQ is made up of two, five-item subscales – Presence (how meaningful one considers his/her life to be) and Search (a desire to discover more or new meaning in one’s life). A convenience sample of 135 high school students aged 12–18 years (M = 15.18 years, SD = 1.42) completed the questionnaire. Scale analysis results indicated the measure had satisfactory internal consistency, and confirmatory factor analysis results showed support for the proposed two-factor model. The MLQ appears to be a valid instrument for measuring life meaning in Australian adolescents. The key implications are discussed.