Goal Orientation Scale for Parents

This tool was developed by Child Trends for the Templeton Foundation, as part of the Flourishing Children Project. It includes eight items designed for parents to rate their teenagers' goal orientation. Goal orientation is defined as an adolescent’s motivation and ability to make viable plans and take action toward desired goals.  Adolescents with goal orientation tend to be more cognitively engaged and act out less than their peers with lower levels of goal orientation (Roeser et al. 2002).



Administration Method
Number of Questions
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, and None of the time=0; A little of the time=1; Some of the time=2; Most of the time=3; All of the time=4. The maximum score for this scale equals 32. 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 excellent reliability (alpha=.93).
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