Altruism 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 altruism in teenagers. 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 me=0; A little like me=1; Somewhat like me=2; A lot like me=3; and Exactly like me=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 teenagers aged 12-17. It has been found to have excellent reliability (alpha=.80) and concurrent validity (associated with a lower likelihood depressive symptoms).
Is there a cost associated with this tool?
No
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