Using VIA In Research Studies

Using a VIA Assessment in Research

Thank you for your interest in VIA character strengths and their measurement. The VIA Assessments 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The VIA Survey, in its entirety, should not be published with your research analysis/dissertation.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 one of the VIA Assessments in your research study, please complete the Research Submission Form below. You may indicate which version of the survey you would like to use on the  Form. *Include a comprehensive description of your research project, as well as any special requests for information or data in your request form.

Click here to learn about the VIA Assessments available to researchers

 

VIA RESEARCH SUBMISSION FORM

 

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:

Please use the following reference for the original VIA adult instruments: 
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. 

Please use the following reference for instruments in the new VIA Test Suite for Adults:
McGrath, R. E. (2017). Technical report: The VIA Test Suite for Adults: Development and evaluation. Cincinnati, OH: VIA Institute on Character.

Please use the following reference for the VIA-Youth:
Park, N., & Peterson, C. (2006). Moral competence and character strengths among adolescents: The development and validation of the Values in Action Inventory of Strengths for Youth. Journal of Adolescence, 29, 891-905.

Please use the following reference for the VIA Classification of Strengths and Virtues:
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.