Active and Engaged Citizenship (AEC)
|General Information on the Measure|
|Purpose of the measure||
The Active and Engaged Citizenship Questionnaire assesses the emotional, cognitive, and behavioral components of active, engaged citizenship.
|Main constructs measured||
|Applicable grade levels||
|Publication year for the most recent version||
|Year originally developed||
|Method of administration||
|Number of items||26|
Five-point Likert-type scale
No information is available in the references reviewed.
|Fee for use||Free and publicly available|
|Credentials required for administration||
|Overall score reporting||
The overall AEC score is reported.
There are four subscores:
Scoring information is available upon request from developer.
No information available in the references reviewed.
|Evidence of Technical Quality|
|Populations for which technical quality evidence has been collected||
Evidence was collected from 8th through 10th graders (N=1,990, N=1,203, N=2,371) in participating 4-H program sites in 32 states (Zaff et al., 2010).
Internal consistency coefficients (Cronbach’s alpha) were estimated for the scales separately by the administration. For the overall AEC score, estimates ranged from 0.70 to 0.73. For the four subscales, estimates ranged from 0.76 to 0.92 (Zaff et al., 2010).
|Locating the Measure|
|Obtaining a copy of the measure||cyfar.org|
Bobek, D. L., Zaff, J. F., Li, Y., & Lerner, R. M. , "Cognitive, emotional, and behavioral components of civic action: Towards an integrated measure of civic engagement," Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, Vol. 30, No. 5, 2009, pp. 615–627.
Zaff, J., Boyd, M., Li, Y., Lerner, J. V., & Lerner, R. M. "Active and engaged citizenship: Multi-group and longitudinal factorial analysis of an integrated construct of civic engagement," Journal of Youth and Adolescence, Vol. 39, No. 7, 2010, pp. 736–750.
This measure was developed as a part of the 4-H study of Positive Youth Development.
Measure summary updated October 3, 2018.