Attachment to Teacher- Rochester Youth Development Study

Attachment to Teacher-  Rochester Youth Development Study
Smith‚ C.‚ Lizotte‚ A.J.‚ Thornberry‚ T.P.‚ & Krohn‚ M.D. (1995)
1. If you needed advice on something other than school work‚ you would go to one of your teachers.
2. You feel very close to at least one of your teachers.
3. You don’t care what your teachers think of you.
4. You have lots of respect for your teachers.
5. Thinking of the teacher you like the most‚ would you like to be like him or her?
These five items measure youths’ agreement about how much they like and respect their teachers. Respondents are asked to indicate to what extent they agree or disagree with several statements. This may be a useful tool for school-based mentoring programs.
This tool touches on the following keywords:
·         School and Academics
·         Personal Attitudes and Beliefs
This instrument can be found on page 72 of Measuring Violence-Related Attitudes‚ Behaviors‚ and Influences Among Youths: A Compendium of Assessment Tools‚ available online at:
Used in previous research with middle school age youth‚ although it could be used for other age ranges‚ as well.
Strongly agree =1
 Strongly disagree=3
Point values for items 1-4 are assigned as indicate above. For item 5‚ point values are assigned as follows:
·         In some ways = 1
·         In most ways = 2
·         Not at all = 3
Point values are summed for each respondent and then divided by the number of items. Higher scores indicate a greater attachment to the teacher.

Smith‚ C.‚ Lizotte‚ A.J.‚ Thornberry‚ T.P.‚ & Krohn‚ M.D. (1995). Resilient youth: identifying factors that prevent high-risk youth from engaging in delinquency and drug use. In: Hagan‚ J. (ed.)‚ Delinquency and disrepute in the life course. Greenwich‚ CT: JAI Press‚ 217-247.