Thrift Scale for Parents

This tool was developed by Child Trends for the Templeton Foundation, as part of the Flourishing Children Project. It includes four items designed for parents to rate their teenagers' thrift.Thrift is defined as having the capacity and propensity to use time and money efficiently and to display restraint so that one can reach a short- or long-term goal or purpose. Research has shown that thrift is related to elevated levels of environmental conservation and self-esteem while being negatively related to cigarette smoking (Kasser 2005).


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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 16. 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 good reliability (alpha= 0.76).
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