About the Measure

Domains Mental health and wellbeing, Motivation, goal orientation and perseverance, Social and Emotional Competence
Key stages Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, Key Stage 5
Subscales Self-generated activity; Absence of motivation; Social drive
Description This instrument is designed to provide insight into apathy through presence or lack of motivation. The scale is intended for use with clinical populations and was developed with both normative and clinical samples.
Example Circle the number on the scale below each question which best describes your child's motivation… Approaches activities with inte
Link Gerring, J., Freund, L., Gerson, A., Joshi, P., Capozzoli, J., Frosch, E., ... Denckla, M. (1996). Psychometric characteristics of the Children's Motivation Scale. Psychiatry Research, 63(2), 205-217. doi:10.1016/0165-1781(96)02841-7
Psychometry
Implementation

Implementation details

No. of items 16
Format Likert
Respondent Parent
Scoring Standardised
Time 0
Age 4-18
Cost single purchase Available in jou
Cost per child Available in jou

Psychometric details

UK norms No
Cronbach's α .26-.87
Test retest Normative sample: 2 weeks, r= .88 ; Clinical sample: 2 weeks, r= .57
Inter-rater reliability r= .61 for 7-10 day period
EFA 3-factor orthogo
CFA Not reported
Criterion validity Not reported
Construct validity r= [-.40,.11] with Child Behaviour Checklist factors; r= -.47 with the Children's Affective Lability Scale
Concurrent validity Not reported
Predictive validity Not reported
Responsiveness Not reported
Floor/Ceiling Not reported
References Gerring, J., Freund, L., Gerson, A., Joshi, P., Capozzoli, J., Frosch, E., ... Denckla, M. (1996). Psychometric characteristics of the Children's Motivation Scale. Psychiatry Research, 63(2), 205-217. doi:10.1016/0165-1781(96)02841-7