Factorial validity of meaning in life questionnaire in Hong Kong secondary school students: A construct validation approach

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Abstract

The present research was designed to examine the psychometric properties of a Chinese version of the MLQ using a construct validation approach in 1,089 Hong Kong secondary school students. Confirmatory factor analyses were used to examine the structural validity of MLQ. Correlational analyses were done to assess how meaning in life dimensions relate to life satisfaction, self-reported duration of daily sleep, and connectedness to social agents. Confirmatory factor analysis showed that the modified two-factor model of meaning in life with presence of meaning and search for meaning as key dimensions, was valid and reliable in the current sample. Evidence for configural, metric, and scalar invariance was found across boys and girls. Meaning in life dimensions was differentially associated with connectedness to various social agents, life satisfaction, and average daily sleep. MLQ is a psychometrically valid tool to measure meaning in life among Hong Kong Chinese students. Copyright © 2021 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
Original languageEnglish
JournalCounselling Psychology Quarterly
Early online date20 Jan 2021
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 20 Jan 2021

Citation

Datu, J. A. D., & Yuen, M. (2021). Factorial validity of meaning in life questionnaire in Hong Kong secondary school students: A construct validation approach. Counselling Psychology Quarterly. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/09515070.2021.1875989

Keywords

  • Hong Kong students
  • Meaning in life
  • Self-reported sleep behaviour
  • Social connectedness
  • Well-being

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