Diligence Scale for Teenagers

This tool was developed by Child Trends for the Templeton Foundation, as part of the Flourishing Children Project. It includes six items that measure diligence in teenagers. Diligence is defined as performing tasks with thoroughness and effort from start to finish where one can be counted on to follow through on commitments and responsibilities. Two related constructs are reliability and personal responsibility. 

Tool

Administration Method
Number of Questions
6
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: None of the time=0; A little of the time=1; Some of the time=2; Most of the time=3; All of the time=4. The maximum score for this scale equals 24. 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 good reliability (alpha=.79) and concurrent validity (associated with better grades and a lower likelihood of smoking, fighting, and depressive symptoms).
Is there a cost associated with this tool?
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