Altruism 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' altruism. Altruism is defined as showing unselfish concern, in thought and action, for the welfare of others. This means placing the well-being of others above, similar to, or without regard to one's own well-being.

 

Tool

Administration Method
Number of Questions
4
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 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=.85).
Is there a cost associated with this tool?
No
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