Rushton‚ J. P.‚ Chrisjohn‚ R.D.‚ & Fekken‚ G. C. (1981). The altruistic personality and the self-report altruism sale. Personality and Individual Differences‚ 1‚ 292-302.
Description of Measure:
A 20-item scale designed to measure altruistic tendency by gauging the frequency one engages in altruistic acts primarily toward strangers. Participants answer on a 5-point scale ranging from Never (0) to Very Often (4).
Using the following scale‚ please select the category that conforms to the frequency with which you have carried out the following acts.
1= Never‚ 2= Once‚ 3= More than once‚ 4= Often‚ 5 =Very Often
1.) I have helped push a stranger's car that was broken down or out of gas.
2.) I have given directions to a stranger.
3.) I have made change for a stranger.
4.) I have given money to a charity.
5.) I have given money to a stranger who needed it (or asked me for it).
6.) I have donated goods or clothes to a charity.
7.) I have done volunteer work for a charity.
8.) I have donated blood.
9.) I have helped carry a stranger's belongings (books‚ parcels‚ etc).
10.) I have delayed an elevator and held the door open for a stranger.
11.) I have allowed someone to go ahead of me in a lineup (in the supermarket‚ at a copy machine‚ at a fast-food restaurant).
12.) I have given a stranger a lift in my car.
13.) l have pointed out a clerk's error (in a bank‚ at the supermarket) in undercharging me for an item.
14.) I have let a neighbor whom I didn't know too well borrow an item of some value to me (eg‚ a dish‚ tools‚ etc).
15.) I have bought 'charity' holiday cards deliberately because I knew it was a good cause.
16.) I have helped a classmate who I did not know that well with an assignment when my knowledge was greater than his or hers.
17.) I have‚ before being asked‚ voluntarily looked after a neighbor's pets or children without being paid for it.
18.) I have offered to help a handicapped or elderly stranger across a street.
19.) I have offered my seat on a bus or train to a stranger who was standing.
20.) I have helped an acquaintance to move households.
Score scale as a continuous measure.