Using VIA In Research Studies

VIA Survey in Research

Thank you for your interest in VIA character strengths and their measurement. The VIA Surveys should be used in their entirety, in adequately-powered studies addressing novel issues, and with research participants who can plausibly complete self-report surveys. Subject to approval by VIA, researchers will be provided with a research code whereby the subjects of the study can complete the appropriate VIA Survey on-line, and the raw data will then be provided to the researcher. The VIA Institute does not release the survey scoring key to researchers.

The VIA Survey, in its entirety, should not be published with your research analysis/dissertation. You may contact Kelly Aluise or Ryan Niemiec to learn the appropriate use of the Survey questions. 

To receive permission to use the VIA Survey (adult or youth version) in your research study, please complete the Research Request Form below. You may indicate which version of the survey you would like to use on the Request Form. *Include a comprehensive description of your research project, as well as any special requests for information or data in your request form.

VIA RESEARCH REQUEST FORM

The VIA Survey for Adults

In addition to the 120-question VIA Survey available to the general public, The VIA Institute offers 2 additional versions for
research purposes only: VIA Survey - 240 and the VIA Survey - 72. All of the scales have good reliability and accumulating validity, but we continue to develop and refine them. To this end, we invite your collaboration in the investigation of character strengths.

Our goals are to coordinate different research projects and to maintain a broad overview and oversight of the work. You may indicate which version of the survey  you would like to use on the VIA Research Request Form. View psychometric information for the 3 versions of the VIA Survey. *If you plan to use a translated version of the VIA Survey, please note that translated surveys that are marked as "in development" are not considered validated measures. You may see a full list of translations here. Contact Kelly Aluise with questions.

The VIA Youth Survey (ages 10-17)

The VIA Institute offers 2 versions of the VIA Youth Survey for research purposes: The 96-question VIA Youth Survey and the 198-question VIA Youth Survey. View psychometric information for the 2 versions of the VIA Youth Survey. *If you plan to use a translated version of the VIA Youth Survey, please note that translated surveys that are marked as "in development" are not considered validated measures. You may see a full list of translations here. Contact Kelly Aluise with questions.

VIA Citation

Please contact The VIA Institute for permission to cite the VIA Inventory of Strength (VIA-IS; VIA Survey) or the VIA Classification at kellya@viacharacter.org
See below for proper citation:

In terms of referencing the VIA work, please use both of these when referencing the VIA Inventory of Strengths (VIA-IS; VIA Survey):

Peterson, C., & Park, N. (2009). Classifying and measuring strengths of character. In S. J. Lopez & C. R. Snyder (Eds.), Oxford handbook of positive psychology, 2nd edition (pp. 25-33). New  York: Oxford University Press. www.viame.org

Peterson, C., & Seligman, M. E. P. (2004). Character strengths and virtues: A handbook and classification. New York: Oxford  University Press and Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. www.viame.org 

In terms of referencing the VIA Classification, please use just this reference:

Peterson, C., & Seligman, M. E. P. (2004). Character strengths and virtues: A handbook and classification. New York: Oxford University Press and Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. www.viacharacter.org