Validation of the Academic Grit Scale Among Adolescents

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 9
  • Skill Level: Introduction
  • Session 6: Recent Developments in Assessment and Research

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. learn the up-to-date research on general grit and domain-specific grit in adolescents.
  2. be informed of the psychometric properties and utilities of the scale measuring academic grit.
  3. gain a better understanding of how to assess academic grit among adolescents, which provides the foundation for fostering grit through education and school-based services.


Grit is known as perseverance and passion for long-term goals. However, a psychometrically sound measure of domain-specific grit is needed. This study examined the psychometric properties of the recently developed Academic Grit Scale (AGS) in a diverse adolescent sample (N = 417; ages 14–18). Exploratory factor analysis results indicated a one-factor solution combines three facets of grit (Determination, Resilience, and Focus) and explained 70.132% of variance in academic grit. Implications and future directions will be discussed.



Emily K. Lewis, The University of Memphis
Xu (Lilya) Jiang, University of Memphis


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