Psychometric Data- Youth Survey

96-question New VIA Youth Survey versus 198-question VIA Youth Survey 

In response to requests by researchers, parents, and educators to improve usability of the VIA Survey for the youth population, VIA created a 96-item short form comprised of four items for each of the 24 character strengths. Using a sample of 12,549 youth surveys, we selected the four items with the highest corrected item-total correlations from each of the 24 character strength scales.  All of  these items were reworded to make them easier to understand.

The short form was then compared to the original VIA Youth Survey in two samples.  In the first sample of 157 subjects, and the second sample of 172 subjects, both the long and short versions were administered and scored along with a measure of life satisfaction.  The mean age for both samples was 15 years old. 

The results for the two samples are almost exactly the same.  For the first sample the mean reliability alpha coefficient was 0.87 for the short form and 0.82 for the long form.  The mean correlation of the short form with the long form was 0.85.  The mean correlation of the short form with life satisfaction was 0.39, compared to the long form mean correlation with life satisfaction of 0.38.

For the second sample the mean alpha coefficient for the short form was 0.84 and was 0.82 for the long form.  The mean correlation of the short form with the long form was  0.82.  The mean correlation of the short form with life satisfaction was 0.32, while the long form correlation with life satisfaction was 0.31. Based on these findings, we recommend the 96-question VIA Youth Survey as a more efficient and equally valid alternative to the 198-question VIA Youth Survey. Click here to access the VIA Youth Survey.


24 Character Strength Alphas (Average Across Two Samples)

 Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence

0.86

 Bravery

0.91

 Creativity

0.90

 Curiosity

0.83

 Fairness

0.85

 Forgiveness

0.87

 Gratitude

0.81

 Honesty

0.84

 Hope

0.87

 Humility

0.83

 Humor

0.93

 Judgment

0.89

 Kindness

0.83

 Leadership

0.93

 Love

0.84

 Love of Learning

0.93

 Perseverance

0.87

 Perspective

0.82

 Prudence

0.79

 Self-Regulation

0.75

 Social Intelligence

0.69

 Spirituality

0.95

 Teamwork

0.85

 Zest

0.89

 


 

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