Peer Friendships Scale for Teenagers

This tool was developed by Child Trends for the Templeton Foundation, as part of the Flourishing Children Project. It includes five items that measure peer friendships in teenagers. Positive peer friendships are characterized by the mutual experience of: support and encouragement; caring and validation; companionship; loyalty/standing up for one another; and trust. 



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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 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 20. 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=.91), however concurrent validity with negative outcomes such as smoking, fighting, and depressive symptoms and with positive outcomes such as good grades was not established.
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