VIA Assessments Psychometrics

VIA Assessments Psychometrics

The VIA-120 is the main adult survey offerred on the VIA website. This assessment was derived by Dr. Robert McGrath from the original VIA-IS by taking the 5 items for each scale with the highest corrected item-total correlations.  Average internal consistency reliability is .79 (very good) compared with a mean reliability of .83 for the VIA-IS. Initial validity coefficients are between .39 and .50 and are slightly lower than for the VIA-IS. See full psychomatric data below. 

The VIA Youth- 96 is the main youth survey on the VIA website. This assessment was derived by selecting from the original 198-item youth survey the 4 items per scale with the highest corrected item-total correlations.  Language adjustments were then made for clarity.  Mean internal consistency has been determined across two samples to be .86 and correlation with life satisfaction to be .36.  Correlation with the long form (VIA-Y-198) is estimated at .84 on average across scales.  Based on these findings, the VIA Institute recommends this 96-question version as it is more efficient and considered to be as valid as the longer version. See full psychometric data below. 

VIA-120 Psychometrics

Strength

α

 Appreciation of Beauty and  Excellence

0.85

 Bravery

0.80

 Creativity

0.88

 Curiosity

0.79

 Fairness

0.74

 Forgiveness

0.78

 Gratitude

0.87

 Honesty

0.70

 Hope

0.79

 Humility

0.86

 Humor

0.75

 Judgment

0.75

 Kindness

0.67

 Leadership

0.76

 Love

0.77

 Love of Learning

0.76

 Perseverance

0.87

 Perspective

0.77

 Prudence

0.78

 Self -Regulation

0.76

 Social Intelligence

0.76

 Spirituality

0.90

 Teamwork

0.71

 Zest

0.82

M

0.79

 

 

VIA Youth- 96 Psychometrics

Strength

α

 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

M

0.86

 

VIA Assessments Available to Researchers

In addition to the main VIA Surveys (VIA-IS 120 for Adults and VIA-96 for Youth) that are offered for free on the VIA website to the general public, VIA also makes a number of other instruments available to researchers as a means to advance the science of character.  Click on the individual instrument name to see the related psychometric information.