Life Skills

This section includes instruments and scales that assess various aspects of Life Skills. Areas addressed include: communication, critical thinking, decision making, problem solving, and social skills

Instrument Description
Communication Scale
(Ages 12-18)

This 23-item scale assesses youth’s ability to communicate by examining the frequency of use of the various skills that are needed to use effective communication practices.

Critical Thinking in Everyday Life
(Ages 12-18)

This 20-item scale examines frequency of use of the following skills: reasoning, enquiry, analysis/information processing, flexibility, evaluation.

Decision Making
(Ages 9-18)

This 5-item scale assess decision making skills. Items were adapted from Mincemoyer and Perkins' scale Making Decisions in Everyday Life.

Empathy
(Middle and High School)

This 10-item subscale focuses on assessing empathy toward others.

There is no cost to use this instrument. Per the developer's request a link is provided in the Psychometric file.

Family Relations and Cohesion
(Parents and Adolescents)

This 6-item scale measures family interaction and cohesion.

Family Relations and Cohesion
(Parents and Adolescents)

This 6-item scale measures family interaction and cohesion.

Making Decisions in Everyday Life
(Middle and High School)

This 30-item survey examines the frequency of use of decision-making skills (defining the problem, identifying alternatives, risks, and consequences, selecting an alternative, evaluation).

Personal Finance
(Ages 16 and Older)

This 27-item scale focuses on the various skills necessary to manage personal finances and is part of the larger ACLSA survey (121 items) that measures life skills acquisition.

Problem Solving/Decision Making
(Ages 13-20)

This 15-item subscale relates to effective problem solving/decision making behaviors and perceptions of competence. The subscale is part of the 60 item Life Skills Development Scale for Adolescents developed for use in clinical assessment, research, and evaluation of interventions.

Responsibility
(Ages 8-9)

This 6-item subscale focuses on personal responsibility and is part of the larger ACLSA survey (39 items) that measures life skills acquisition.

Self-Esteem
(High School)

This 10-item scale assesses an individual's feelings of self-worth when the individual compares himself or herself to other people.

Self-Management
(Ages 10-12)

This 13-item scale focuses on self management, including goal setting and decision making. The scale is part of the larger ACLSA survey (60 items) that measures life skills acquisition.

Social Development
(Ages 8-9)

This 10-item scale focuses on appropriate social responsiveness and is part of the larger ACLSA survey (39 items) that measures life skills acquisition.

Social Development
(Ages 10-12)

This 9-item scale focuses on appropriate social interactions and communications and is part of the larger ACLSA survey (60 items) that measures life skills acquisition.

Social Development
(Ages 13-15)

This 9-item scale focuses on appropriate social interactions and communications and is part of the larger ACLSA survey (87 items) that measures life skills acquisition.

Solving Problems
(Ages 12-18)

This 24-item scale assesses youth’s problem-solving ability by examining the frequency of use of the various skills that are needed to engage in problem-solving.

Speaking
(Adolescents & College Age Students)

This 17-item scale is used to assess general feelings about public speaking in particular and communication in general.

Speech Communication Skills
(Grades 4-12)

This 14-item scale focuses primarily on the ability of the respondent to communicate ideas orally, both formal and informal.  It also assesses the use of assertiveness openness, and clarity in speech.

Written Communication Skills
(Grades 4-12)

This 5-item scales focuses primarily on the ability of the respondent to communicate ideas in written form, both formal and informal. It is part of the larger 125 item Leadership Skills Inventory used to assess nine dimensions of leadership.