Scale: EPOCH Measure of Adolescent Well-Being – Perseverance Scale
What it measures:
- A youth’s reported perseverance or persistence in completing tasks.
Intended age range: 10- to 18-year-olds.
Brief description: This scale consists of 4 items assessing youth’s ability to pursue tasks to completion. Sample items include: “I finish whatever I begin” and “Once I make a plan to get something done, I stick to it.” Youth respond on a five-point scale. Responses for the first two items are: Almost never, Sometimes, Often, Very often, or Almost always. Responses for the last two items are: Not at all like me, A little like me, Somewhat like me, Mostly like me, or Very much like me.
Rationale: This measure was selected based on its brevity, promising evidence of reliability and validity, and support for use with diverse populations of youth.
Special administration information: None.
How to score: Each item is scored on a 5-point scale from 1 (Almost never or Not at all like me) to 5 (Almost always or Very much like me). The total score is computed by averaging across all items.
How to interpret findings: A higher score reflects greater youth perceptions of his or her ability to persevere in completing a task or achieving a goal.
Alternatives: A construct related to perseverance is grit. Grit has been conceptualized as one’s sustained interest in and efforts toward achieving a long-term goal. Angela Duckworth’s 8-item Grit scale intended for use with children is available here.
Citation: Kern, M. L., Benson, L., Steinberg, E. A., & Steinberg, L. (2016). The EPOCH Measure of Adolescent Well-Being. Psychological Assessment, 28, 586-597. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/pas0000201