The Revised Life Orientation Test (LOT-R)

The Revised Life Orientation Test is a revised version of Scheier, Carver, and Bridges', Life Orientation Test (1984). The revised version contains 10 items. Only 6 of the items are used to derive an optimism score. Four of the items are filler items and not used in the scoring. Of the 6 optimism-scored items 3 are keyed in a positive direction and 3 are keyed in a negative direction. Items are answered using a 5-point scale, 0 being strongly disagree, and 4 being strongly agree. Researchers have used the LOT-R with many kinds of people, including adults in poverty (Lynch, Kaplan, & Shema, 1997; Heinonen et al., 2006).

Content

Topics
Outcome Orientation
Skills
Dispositional Optimism
Languages
English
Respondent
Student

Administration Information

Length
<3 minutes
Price

Free

Training
None
Qualifications
None
Group/Individual
Individual
Administration
Individual,
Self-report,
Paper

Access and Use

Contact

Michael Scheier

Dietrich College of Humanities & Social Sciences

scheier@andrew.cmu.edu 

Psychometrics

Scoring
Manual scoring,
Self-scoring
Open Access
Yes
Used in Peer-Reviewed Research
Yes