Positive Indicators Project

Altruism

Definition

In thought and action, showing unselfish concern for the welfare of others.

  • Placing the well-being of others above, similar to, or without regard to one’s own well-being

Parent Scale

Please indicate how much these statements describe your child. (Not at all like my child, A little like my child, Somewhat like my child, A lot like my child, Exactly like my child)

  • My child goes out of his/her way to help others.
  • My child helps others even if it requires a lot of his/her time.
  • My child helps others even if the person is a total stranger.
  • My child helps others even if it’s hard for him/her.

Parent Scale Psychometric Properties and Fit Indices

We conducted confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) to examine whether responses to the scale appeared to measure a single construct. Along with Cronbach’s alpha, we present model fit indices below.

FCP_17_01

  • Alpha=0.85 (excellent)
  • CFI=1.000 (excellent)
  • TLI=0.999 (excellent)
  • RMSEA=0.050 (excellent)

Adolescent Scale

Please indicate how much these statements describe you. (Not at all like me, A little like me, Somewhat like me, A lot like me, Exactly like me)

  • I go out of my way to help others.
  • I help others even if it requires a lot of my time.
  • I help others even if the person is a total stranger.
  • I help others even if it is hard for me.

Adolescent Scale Psychometric Properties and Fit Indices

FCP_17_02

  • Alpha=0.80 (excellent)
  • CFI=0.998 (excellent)
  • TLI=0.995 (excellent)
  • RMSEA=0.047(excellent).

Subgroup Model Fit

We tested the final adolescent and parent models with subgroups to examine whether the model fit for different subsets of respondents in the same manner as the overall sample.  Using the same fit statistic requirements as the overall models, a check mark indicates that the model fit for the subgroup.  Household income is defined as “low” if it is less than the median income in the sample.  “High” household income indicates that the household income was equal to or greater than the sample’s median.

FCP_17_03

Concurrent Validity

Four single item measures were used to examine the concurrent validity of the adolescent scale: a measure of social behavior (fighting), a measure of health behavior (smoking), a measure of emotional health (adolescent-reported depressive symptoms), and a measure of cognitive development (grades).

Concurrent validity was examined in two ways: with bivariate and multivariate analyses. The table below presents the results of multivariate analyses, which control for: teen gender, teen age, teen race, household income, household size, parental education, parental marital status, parental home ownership, parental employment, and metropolitan area and region of residence. The beta coefficient of the relationship between the construct’s scale and outcome is presented.

FCP_17_04

The graphs below show the bivariate relationships between the adolescent scale and outcomes.  Results are presented for relationships that were at least moderately significant (at the 0.10 level) in the multivariate analyses. Note that the y axis scales are different in each graph.

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