Future Expectations Scale for Adolescents (FESA)

The Future Expectations Scale for Adolescents (FESA) tested in Chile is a 24-item measure with 5 dimensions including work and educational attainment, expectations for marrying and having children, participation in the community and church, future health and participation in sports, and children's future.


Geographies Tested: Chile

Populations Included: Female, Male

Age Range: Adolescents


When I am an adult...

Work and Education
1. I will accomplish what I want to do with my life
2. I will acquire the things I want
3. I will find good work
4. I will achieve the level of education that I want
5. I will find work I enjoy
6. I will find stable work
7. I will always have enough to eat and live on
8. I will feel satisfaction with myself
9. The money I earn with my spouse will be sufficient
10. My work will give me opportunities to feel proud of myself

Marriage and Family
11. I will get married
12. I will have children
13. I will get married before I am 25 years old
14. My marriage will last forever

Church and Community
15. I will participate in many church activities
16. I will regularly go to Mass or other religious services
17. I will be a leader in my community

18. I will have good health
19. I will have a long life
20. I will have a healthy diet
21. I will participate in sports in my community

Children’s Future
22. I will provide my children with a safe place to live
23. My children will live in a time of peace
24. My children will have a long life

Response Options
A 7-point scale ranging from “I do not believe this at all” to “I certainly believe this.

Scoring Procedures

The scale and sub-scale means are calculated

Original Citation

McWhirter, E. H., & McWhirter, B. T. (2008). Adolescent future expectations of work, education, family, and community: Development of a new measure. Youth & Society, 40(2).

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