The implicit life satisfaction measure

Do-Yeong Kim

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    The Implicit Association Test, developed by Greenwald and colleagues in 1998, was adapted to measure satisfaction with life by assessing the strength of automatic associations of My life with Good- versus Bad-related words. A series of studies explored some psychometric as well as methodological properties of the Implicit Life Satisfaction measure (ILS). The ILS demonstrated good internal consistency and moderate temporal stability. Studies revealed that: (i) the type of stimuli used for target and attribute categories influences the magnitude of the ILS effect; (ii) participants could voluntarily suppress their satisfaction with life on the ILS, but not enhance it; and (iii) handedness of categories did not affect the participants' performance on the ILS. Overall, the ILS measures are: (i) independent of traditional life satisfaction self-report measures; and (ii) positive for most people.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)236-262
    Number of pages27
    JournalAsian Journal of Social Psychology
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2004


    • Controllability
    • Implicit Association Test (IAT)
    • Implicit measure
    • Life satisfaction
    • Measurement
    • Subjective well-being


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