Sources of Meaning and Meaning in Life Questionnaire (SoMe)

 

DESCRIPTION: The Sources of Meaning and Meaning in Life Questionnaire (SoMe) measures 26 sources of meaning and, independently of these, separate scales to assess meaningfulness – a fundamental sense of purpose, orientation, coherence, and belonging, and crisis of meaning – the evaluation of life as frustratingly empty and lacking meaning.

NUMBER OF ITEMS: 151 items, measuring 26 sources of meaning, meaningfulness and crisis of meaning.

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Table  1.  SoMe  scales and dimensions,  with  internal consistencies (N = 603).

Scale/Dimension

 

Internal  consistency (α)

Meaningfulness 

 

.74

Crisis of Meaning 

 

.92

Selftranscendence 

 

.89 

Vertical Selftranscendence 

.84 

Explicit Religiosity 

.94

Spirituality 

.68

Horizontal Selftranscendence 

.87 

Social Commitment 

.65

Unison with Nature     

.88

Self-Knowledge 

.87

Health 

.86

Generativity 

.76

Selfactualization 

.93 

Challenge 

.76

Individualism 

.68

Power 

.68

Development 

.81

Achievement 

.76

Freedom 

.91

Knowledge 

.69

Creativity 

.85

Order 

.89 

Tradition 

.79

Practicality 

.76

Morality

.71

Reason

.68

Well-Being and Relatedness

.91

Community

.77

Fun

.71

Love

.75

Comfort

.75

Care

.70

Attentiveness

.69

Harmony

.85






 

SOURCE: Schnell, T. (2009). The Sources of Meaning and Meaning in Life Questionnaire (SoMe): Relations to demographics and well-being. Journal of Positive Psychology, 4 (6), 483-499.