Forgiveness Scale for Parents

This tool was developed by Child Trends for the Templeton Foundation, as part of the Flourishing Children Project. It includes three items designed for parents to rate their teenagers' forgiveness. Forgiveness is defined as overcoming negative feelings in response to the perception of being harmed by another person(s). 



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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 12. 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 adequate reliability (alpha=.64). However, the lack of strong reliability is likely a result of this scale only having three items. Concurrent validity with other youth outcomes was not established in the recent pilot study.
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