Goal Orientation Scale for Teenagers

This tool was developed by Child Trends for the Templeton Foundation, as part of the Flourising Children Project. It includes seven items that measure goal orientation in teenagers. 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).


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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.
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This scale has been tested with a nationally representative sample of teenagers aged 12-17. It has been found to have excellent reliability (alpha=.88) and concurrent validity (associated with better grades and a lower likelihood of smoking, fighting, and depressive symptoms).
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