Spirituality Scale for Teenagers

This tool was developed by Child Trends for the Templeton Foundation, as part of the Flourishing Children Project. It includes 15 items that measure spirituality in teenagers. Spirituality involves seeking or experiencing awareness of  a universal unity or as being or becoming aware of the sacredness of one’s self, others, and the universe, and cultivating identity, relationships, meaning, and purpose that flow from this awareness.


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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 www.childtrends.org.
Scoring / Benchmarking
You may calculate a total score by associating the following numeric values with the answer options: Not at all=0; A little=1; Somewhat=2; A lot=3; and Completely=4. The maximum score for this scale equals 60. 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 teenagers aged 12-17. It has been found to have excellent reliability (alpha=.97) and concurrent validity (associated with better grades and a lower likelihood of smoking).
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