Tolerance Scale (Middle School) – Psychosocial Maturity Scale

This scale measures the level of tolerance that children/youth have for differences described as "a measure of comfort and acceptance of ethic and cultural diversity in people who are different than oneself”

This version of the scale is appropriate for 8th grade students.  Other versions of the scale are designed for elementary and high school students.


Administration Method
Number of Questions
Creator(s) of Tool
Ellen Greenberger Department of Psychology, School of Social Psychology SEII-3340 University of California at Irvine.

Found in:

Sabatelli, R., Anderson, S. & LaMotte, V. (2005). Assessing outcomes in child and youth programs: A practical handbook, revised edition. University of Connecticut School of Family Studies Center for Applied Research and State of Connecticut Office of Policy and Management.
Scoring / Benchmarking
Score items 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 8 as follows:

Disagree Strongly = 4
Disagree a Little = 3
Agree a Little = 2
Agree Strongly = 1

Reverse score items 7 and 9 as follows:

Disagree Strongly = 1
Disagree a Little = 2
Agree a Little = 3
Agree Strongly = 4

Add the item scores together to get a total score. Higher scores reflect greater tolerance. The highest possible score is 36.
Background / Quality
The alpha scores for this sub scale ranges from .67 to .89.
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