1. How often has your child volunteered to help you make something?
2. How often has your child helped you in fixing something that has been broken?
3. When you were doing chores around the house‚ how often has your child volunteered his or her assistance?
4. When you were with other people‚ how often has your child helped you without being asked?
5. When you needed to get something‚ how often has your child offered to get it for you?
6. When only you and your child are together‚ how often has he or she helped you without being asked?
7. How often has your child volunteered to help you carry something?
8. How often has your child done something for you without expecting anything in return?
9. How often has your child made helpful suggestions which made the task you were doing easier?
10. How often has your child done something that you needed to have done and then did it again without being asked?
11. How often has your child offered to finish a task that you had been working on so that you could do something else?
12. How often has your child cleaned up a mess that he or she didn’t make without you having to ask?
13. How often has your child helpfully reminded you of something you needed to remember?
14. How often has your child offered to lend a hand so the task could be finished quicker?
15. How often has your child offered to do something for you when you were not around?
This instrument can be found on pages 250-251 of Measuring Violence-Related Attitudes‚ Behaviors‚ and Influences Among Youths: A Compendium of Assessment Tools‚ available online at: http://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/YV_Compendium.pdf
Point values are assigned as follows:
Rarely = 1
Sometimes = 2
Usually = 3
Almost always = 4
The 15 items are summed to obtain an overall helping behavior index (range = 15-60). A high score indicates a great amount of helpful behavior in the home environment‚ while a low score indicates little responsiveness of the child to household chores. Missing values are replaced by mean substitutions.
Eberly MB‚ Montemayor R‚ Flannery DJ. Variation in adolescent helpfulness toward parents in a familycontext. Journal of Early Adolescence 1993;13(3):228-244.