Psychometric properties of Turkish version of the Subjective Happiness Scale

Volume 1 - Issue 1
Tayfun Doğan Tarık Totan
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The Subjective Happiness Scale (SHS) is a scale developed to evaluate the global subjective happiness. The objective of this study is to examine the psychometric properties of the Turkish version of SHS in a community sample and undergraduate students. A total of 696 people (university group N= 348, Community group N= 222) have participated in the study. SHS, Oxford Happiness Questionnaire, Satisfaction with Life Scale, Life Orientation Test and Positive-Negative Affect Scale were used as data collection instruments. The psychometric properties of Turkish SHS have been analyzed using exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis, internal consistency and criterion-related validity methods. The results have put forth that the Turkish SHS displays a unidimensional structure and that its internal consistency coefficient is at an acceptable level. In addition, Turkish SHS has shown good criterion-related validity with other tools used for measuring subjective well-being. As a result, it can be stated that the Turkish version of SHS is a valid and reliable measurement tool for evaluating subjective happiness.


  • Subjective Happiness Scale
  • happiness
  • validity
  • reliability
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