Construction of the relational meaning in life questionnaire: An exploratory and confirmatory factor-analytic study of relational meaning

  • Elizabeth A. Yu
  • Edward C. Chang


The present research examined the factor structure and test-retest reliability of the Relational Meaning in Life Questionnaire (RMLQ), a measure modified from the widely used Meaning in Life Questionnaire to assess for one’s sense of meaning in life that comes from their relationships with others. An exploratory factor analysis among 278 undergraduate students supported a 2-factor model (i.e., RMLQ-Presence & RMLQ-Searching) and was further confirmed with a confirmatory factor analysis among 260 undergraduate students. A prospective study design involving 103 community adults across a 5–6 week indicated that the RMLQ subscales are reliable. Additionally, results indicate that RMLQ and MLQ subscale scores are positively related, but not redundant. Results of the present study support the structure and reliability of the RMLQ.


Relational meaning in life Construct development 


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On behalf of all authors, the corresponding author states that there is no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA

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