Assessing Perceived Success in Valued Living in Individuals With Long-Term Physical Health Conditions

Mark P. Jensen*, Hillary C. Devlin, Kevin E. Vowles, Ivan Molton

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Objective: To evaluate the reliability and validity of a brief measure of successful aging in a sample of adults with long-term health conditions. Method: The brief (eight-item) version of the valued living scale (VLS) and measures of pain intensity, pain interference, and depression were administered to 1,457 adults aging with one of four long-term health conditions. Results: Analyses indicated that the VLS items assessed two types of valued living domains: (a) a social and relational domain and (b) a health and productivity domain. The findings also supported the construct validity for the VLS items, in that both domains were associated significantly (and negatively) with the measures of pain intensity, pain interference, and depression. Discussion: The results provide preliminary support for the reliability and validity of the VLS items for assessing two important domains of successful aging in individuals with long-term health conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)195S-213S
Number of pages19
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 09 Jul 2019



  • long-term disability
  • successful aging
  • valued living

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