The Adolescent Empowerment Measure-Voice is a 7-item scale designed to assess and compare the ability that young adolescents (10-14 years old) feel they have to use their voice in situations such as: asking questions, expressing an opinion, or speaking up when something is wrong. This measure was developed using data from the Global Early Adolescent Study (GEAS), a multi-context questionnaire designed to assess the ability for young people to expand their goals and aspirations in order to gain greater autonomy and achieve their goals.
High Psychometric Score Multi-Country
How often are the following statements true for you?
Never/rarely - 0
Sometimes - 1
Often - 2
Don't know - 999
Refuse - 996
Mean scores were calculated based on each set of scaled items, which ranged from 1 to 4. Scale-based mean scores were calculated, across scaled items, as the average of summed scores of items, which individually was weighted by its corresponding factor loading.
Zimmerman, L. A., Li, M., Moreau, C., Wilopo, S., & Blum, R. (2019). Measuring agency as a dimension of empowerment among young adolescents globally; findings from the Global Early Adolescent Study. SSM-population health, 8, 100454. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ssmph.2019.100454
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