German Validation of the Value in Action Survey of Character Strengths

[Speaker] Renn, Daniela:1
[Co-author] Hausler, Melanie:1,2, Strecker, Cornelia:2, Huber, Alexandra:1,2, Brenner, Mirjam:2, Höge, Thomas:2, Höfer, Stefan:1
1:Medical University Innsbruck (Austria), 2:University of Innsbruck (Austria)

The original Values in Action (VIA) Survey of Character Strengths is a 240 item face-valid self-report questionnaire intended for use with adults. There is a German 120 item short form version available, however, only limited information about its psychometric characteristics are published. The measure uses 5-point Likert-style items to measure the degree to which respondents endorse items reflecting the 24 strengths of character that comprise the VIA Classification. This study investigates the psychometric properties of the German Version.
Medical students (N=178, age=20.5±2.2, female=61.8%, single=78.1%) completed the survey as part of their studies. The three most present strengths of character were kindness (3.3±0.5), honesty (3.3±0.5) and fairness (3.1±0.6). The 24 strengths of character factors explained 66% of the variance. Internal consistency ranged from 0.62 (humility) to 0.91 (spirituality).
The first results indicate acceptable psychometric characteristics of the German 120 item VIA Survey of Character Strengths version.
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