Life Engagement and Purpose
Life Engagement Test (LET)
Available in the public domain. A copy of the LET is accessible from Dr. Scheier’s webpage
Scheier, M. F., Wrosch, C., Baum, A., Cohen, S., Martire, L. M., Matthews, K. A., et al. (2006). The Life Engagement Test: Assessing purpose in life. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 29(3), 291-298.
To assess the extent to which individuals perceive their activities as being valuable and important.
Type of Measure
Ryff Scales of Psychological Well-Being, Purpose in Life Scale
Respondents use a 5-point Likert scale to rate how much they agree with self-descriptive statements about the purposefulness of life.
1 = Strongly Disagree, 2 = Disagree, 3 = Neutral, 4 = Agree, 5 = Strongly Agree
Number of Items
Scheier et al (2006) report psychometric data derived from several samples, including undergraduate students and adults with and without chronic illness:
- Internal consistency, Cronbach’s α: range, 0.72 to 0.87
- Test-retest reliability (4 months): range, 0.61 to 0.76
Internal consistency in PMBC (n = 193), Cronbach’s α = 0.79
Reverse items: 1, 3, 5
Sum items 1R, 2, 3R, 4, 5R, 6
Total Life Engagement Score