Concern for Others – Civic Measurement Models

This is a self-report for children in grades 3-8, but there is also a teacher observation scale for grades kindergarten-5.  These scales are subsets of a larger civic responsibility measurement scale.

It is designed to be administered over time to observe progress in the extent to which children demonstrate concern for others (empathy). For example, it would be appropriate to use the scale at the start of the school year, at the start of the second school period, and at the end of the school year.


Administration Method
Number of Questions
Creator(s) of Tool
Chi, B., Jastrzab, J., & Melchior, A. 2006
Scoring / Benchmarking
Score items as follows:

Strongly Disagree or “No Way!”= 1
Disagree or “Not really = 2
Agree or “Sort of” = 3
Strongly Agree or “Yes!” = 4

Add together the scores for all items and subtract 5 from the total. Scale score ranges from 0-15. Higher scores indicate greater concern for others.
Background / Quality
Internal consistency = .74
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