Gratitude Scale for Teenagers

This tool was developed by Child Trends for the Templeton Foundation, as part of the Flourishing Children Project. It includes four items that measure gratitude in teenagers. 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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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
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This scale has been tested with a nationally representative sample of teenagers aged 12-17. It has been found to have good reliability (alpha=.80) and concurrent validity (associated with better grades and a lower likelihood of smoking, fighting, and depressive symptoms).
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