TitleCreation of Short and Very Short Measures of the Five Cs of Positive Youth Development
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsGeldhof, GJ, Bowers, EP, Boyd, MJ, Mueller, MK, Napolitano, CM, Schmid, KL, Lerner, JV, Lerner, RM
JournalJournal of Research on Adolescence
Pagination163 - 176
Date Published03/2014

As developmental scientists seek to index the strengths of adolescents and adopt the positive youth development (PYD) perspective, psychometrically sound measurement tools will be needed to assess adolescents’ positive attributes. Using a series of exploratory factor analyses and CFA models, this research creates short and very short versions of the scale used to measure the Five Cs of PYD in the 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development. We created separate forms for earlier versus later adolescence and ensured that items displayed sufficient conceptual overlap across forms to support tests of factorial invariance. We discuss implications for further scale development and advocate for the use of these convenient tools, especially in research and applications pertinent to the Five Cs model of PYD.