Positive Youth Development Inventory (PYDI)

Arnold, M.E., Nott, B. D., & Meinhold, J. L. (2012). The Positive Youth Development Inventory. © Oregon State University. All Rights Reserved.

The PYDI was developed in response to requests from practitioners for a straightforward, parsimonious, and easy to score instrument to measure Positive Youth Development (PYD) as an outcome of youth development programs. It is intended to be used broadly and freely by practitioners, program evaluators, and researchers. However, in order for the instrument to be a valid measure, it is important that those who use it do so with attention to the criteria outlined below.

The Positive Youth Development Inventory (PYDI) (full version) is a collection of 55 likert scale items designed to measure changes in levels of positive youth development (PYD). This version of the instrument follows the 5 C's model of youth development, by measuring the latent constructs of 1) Confidence; 2) Competence; 3) Character; 4) Caring; and 5) Connection. Measurement of a 6th C- Contribution is included in this instrument. Each item is rated on four-point scale: (1) Strongly disagree; (2) Disagree; (3) Agree; and (4) Strongly agree. The scale is recommended for use with students ages 12-18.

The PYDI was intentionally developed to measure the 5 C’s of youth development that have been put forth in the literature. Confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) on the 55 items that make up the PYDI revealed that the items corresponded sufficiently onto the 5 C model. Further testing revealed adequate convergent validity with the instrument that is currently used in most studies of PYD.  Results generated from this instrument are described in terms of the 5 C model, which is advantageous in terms of the recognition of this model in the youth development literature.

The Positive Youth Development Inventory (2012) (PDF)
The Positive Youth Development Inventory Retrospective Pre-test Format (2012) (PDF)
Instrument Use and Scoring Guide (January 2014)
PYDI Psychometric Testing Information (January 2012)

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