Gratitude Scale for Parents

This tool was developed by Child Trends for the Templeton Foundation. It includes seven items designed for parents to rate their teenagers' gratitude. Gratitude is defined as having an appreciation of positive things in one's life, through: (1) the recognition of positive things in one’s life; (2) the experience of gratitude; and (3) the expression of thanks.  In general, research had found that gratitude shapes identity, predicts subjective well-being and positive emotions and actions, and has links to spirituality. More specifically, gratitude has been linked to higher levels of academic achievement, life satisfaction, social integration, prosocial behavior, flow, and to lower levels of depression and envy (Froh et al. 2010; Froh et al. 2011). 


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Creator(s) of Tool
Measure developed by Child Trends for the Flourishing Children Project, funded by the Templeton Foundation. For more information on positive indicators, search the Child Trends web page at
Scoring / Benchmarking
You may calculate a total score by associating the following numeric values with the answer options: Not at all like my child=0; A little like my child=1; Somewhat like my child=2; A lot like my child=3; and Exactly like my child=4. The maximum score for this scale equals 28. Total scores allow for quick overviews of how individuals are doing, as well as easy comparisons in aggregate between pre- and post-tests.
Background / Quality
This scale has been tested with a nationally representative sample of parents. It has been found to have excellent reliability (alpha=.91).
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